Democratic Republic of Congo
- Among adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 26.5 percent of men (ages 15-59) and 4.1 percent of women (ages 15-49) use tobacco products.1
- Among youth (ages 13-15), 33.6 percent use tobacco products (boys 36.5 percent; girls 29.3 percent), 8.2 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 11.7 percent; girls 3.6 percent), and 28.9 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 29.3 percent; girls 27.6 percent).2
Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Among youth (ages 13-15), 36.8 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 30.2 percent are exposed at home.2
- Every year more than 10,370 Congolese are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.3
- Even though fewer men and women die on average in the Democratic Republic of Congo than in other low-income countries, still 151 men and 48 women are killed by tobacco every week.3
British American Tobacco (BAT) and Congo Tobacco Company (CTC), a subsidiary of Mastermind Group, are the two main tobacco companies. In 2014, BAT closed its main manufacturing factory in Kinshasa and now imports cigarettes from South Africa and Kenya. Also present is Shenimed, a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco International (JTI).
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on October 28, 2005. The treaty went into effect on January 26, 2006.
Tobacco Control Policy Status
For information regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, and packaging and labeling, visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.
Last updated: January 2016