Global Epidemic


Tobacco Consumption

  • 19.7 percent of adults (ages 25-64) in Botswana smoke tobacco.1
  • Rates are much higher among men than among women: 32.8 percent of men and 7.8 percent of women smoke tobacco.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 19.4 percent use tobacco products (boys 23.3 percent; girls 16.2 percent), 8.2 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 12.9 percent; girls 4.6 percent), and 15.2 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 16.3 percent; girls 14.3 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 62.1 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 38.5 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year more than 400 Botswanans are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.3
  • Even though fewer men and women die on average in Botswana than in other middle-income countries, still 6 men and 3 women are killed by tobacco every week.3

Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco (BAT) dominates the cigarette market.

FCTC Status

Botswana ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 31, 2005. The treaty went into effect on May 1, 2005.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For information regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, and packaging and labeling, visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.

1 Botswana Chronic Disease Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (STEPS), 2007; National.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2008; National.
3 Eriksen M et al The Tobacco Atlas, American Cancer Society (2015) based on Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 Results by Risk Factor 1990-2010. Seattle, United States: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), 2012.

Last updated: January 2016