Global Epidemic


Tobacco Consumption

  • 8.9 percent of adults (age 15+) in Cameroon use tobacco products.1
  • Rates are higher among men than among women: 13.9 percent of men and 4.3 percent of women use any tobacco products.1
  • 6 percent of adults (age 15+) smoke tobacco and 3 percent use smokeless tobacco.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 10.1 percent use tobacco products (boys 13.8 percent; girls 5.7 percent), 5.7 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 8.3 percent; girls 2.5 percent), and 3.7 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 5 percent, girls 2.3 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • 19.2 percent of adults (age 15+) who work indoors (0.4 million) are exposed to secondhand smoke at the workplace; 31.9 percent are exposed in restaurants (1 million); and 22.9 percent are exposed in public transportation (1.6 million).1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 42.1 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 28.5 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year more than 2,700 Cameroonians are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.3
  • Even though fewer men and women die on average in Cameroon than in other middle-income countries, still 36 men and 17 women are killed by tobacco every week.3

Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco (BAT) dominates the Cameroon cigarette market with 72.8 percent. SITABAC commands about 35 percent. Philip Morris International (PMI) and Japan Tobacco International (JTI) are present on the margins.

FCTC Status

Cameroon ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 3, 2006. The treaty went into effect on May 4, 2006.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

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

1 Global Adults Tobacco Survey, 2013.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2014; 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