- 18.2 percent of adults (age 15+) in South Africa smoke cigarettes.1
- Rates are much higher among men than among women: 29.4 percent of men and 8.2 percent of women smoke cigarettes.1
- 6.5 percent of adults (age 16+) use smokeless tobacco (women 8.4 percent and men 1.4 percent).2
- Among youth (ages 13-15), 21.5 percent use tobacco products (boys 24.3 percent and girls 19 percent), 12.7 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 15 percent and girls 10.8 percent), and 13.5 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 14.4 percent and girls 12.6 percent).3
Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Among youth (ages 13-15), 39.3 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 29 percent are exposed at home.3
- Every year more than 31,800 South Africans are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.4
- Even though fewer men and women die on average in South Africa than in other middle-income countries, still 366 men and 245 women are killed by tobacco every week.4
British American Tobacco (BAT) South Africa dominates the market at over 80 percent.
South Africa ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on April 19, 2005. The treaty went into effect on July 18, 2005.
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