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Trinidad and Tobago

Harm

Tobacco harms the health, the treasury, and the spirit of Trinidad and Tobago. Every year more than 1000 of it's people are killed by tobacco-caused disease, while more than 3000 children and more than 181000 adults continue to use tobacco each day. Complacency in the face of the tobacco epidemic will ensure the tobacco industry continues to run roughshod over the lives of Trinidad and Tobago's citizens and ensure that tobacco's death toll will grow with each passing year. Tobacco control advocates must reach out to other communities to strengthen their efforts in this mortal fight.

Deaths

% caused by tobacco: 2010

14.8% of Men

Even though fewer men die on average in Trinidad and Tobago than other high-income countries, still 18 men are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

3.2% of Women

Even though fewer women die on average in Trinidad and Tobago than other high-income countries, still 3 women are being killed by tobacco every week, necessitating action from policymakers.

Tobacco use also...

Harms Development

Harms Environment

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 billion pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash, which is roughly equivalent to the weight of 177,895 endangered African elephants.

Harms Equality

To find more customers, the tobacco industry markets its products aggressively to women and children.

Harms NCDs

People living with mental illness are nearly twice as likely to smoke as other persons.

Industry

The combined revenues of the world's 6 largest tobacco companies in 2013 was USD342 Billion, 94% larger than the Gross National Income of Trinidad and Tobago. The industry is a powerful force that does not fear the actions of nation-states because their resources are often much larger.

Market

Adult Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

27.4%of Men

More men smoke in Trinidad and Tobago than on average in high-income countries.

7.1%of Female

Even though fewer women smoke on average in Trinidad and Tobago than on average in high-income countries, still 38500 women still smoke cigarettes each day, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Children Smoking % using tobacco daily, 2013

10.9%of Boys

More boys smoke in Trinidad and Tobago than on average in high-income countries.

7%of Girls

More girls smoke in Trinidad and Tobago than on average in high-income countries.

Smokeless% currently using tobacco, 2013 or most recent

0.4%of Adults

Even though fewer people use smokless tobacco on average in Trinidad and Tobago than on average in high-income countries, still 4200 people currently use smokeless tobacco, the sign of an ongoing and dire public health threat.

Solutions

Current Policy in Trinidad and Tobago

Protect From Smoke

Smokefree HealthCare FacilitiesYes
Smokefree UniversitiesYes
Smokefree Government FacilitiesYes
Smokefree Indoor OfficesYes
Smokefree RestaurantsYes
Smokefree Pubs and BarsYes
Smokefree Public TransportYes
All Other Indoor Public Places SmokefreeYes
Funds for Smokefree EnforcementNo

Offer Help

Quitting SolutionsNRT and/or some cessation services (at least one of which is cost-covered)
National QuitlineNo

Warn about the dangers to tobacco users on product packaging

Type of Warning Labels

Australia(best practice)

Graphic

Trinidad and Tobago

Graphic

Percent of Pack Covered

Australia(best practice)

83%

Trinidad and Tobago

50%

Graphic Warning Rounds

Australia(best practice)

2

Trinidad and Tobago

1

Has Plain/Standardized Packaging

Australia(best practice)

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

No

Warn about the dangers to whole population in a media campaign

Ran a national anti-tobacco campaign during 2011 and 2012

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

No

Part Of A Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Pre-Tested With The Target Audience

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Target Audience Research Was Conducted

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Aired On Television And/Or Radio

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Utilized Media Planning

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Earned Media/Public Relations Were Used To Promote The Campaign

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Process Evaluation Was Used To Assess Implementation

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Outcome Evaluation Was Used To Assess Effectiveness

WHO Best Practice

Yes

Trinidad and Tobago

N/A

Enforce bans on advertising

Number of Bans on Forms of Direct Advertising1 of a possible 7 bans
Number of Bans on Forms of Indirect Advertising3 of a possible 7 bans
Ad Ban Compliance Percent20% self-rated compliance

Raise Taxes

Excise Tax as a % of Cigarette Price

WHO Benchmark

75% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

Trinidad and Tobago

20% of Retail Price is Excise Tax

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