Global Epidemic


Tobacco Consumption

  • 6.8 percent of adults (ages 15-64) in Togo smoke tobacco.1
  • Rates are much higher among men than among women: 12.4 percent of men and 1.8 percent of women smoke tobacco.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 8.4 percent use tobacco products (boys 11.3 percent and girls 4.3 percent), 4.8 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 7.4 percent and girls 1.2 percent), and 2.1 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 2.4 percent and girls 1.8 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 25.9 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke inside enclosed public places and 20.1 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year more than 1,000 Togolese are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.3
  • Even though fewer men and women die on average in Togo than in other low-income countries, still 13 men and 7 women are killed by tobacco every week.3

Tobacco Industry

The 1.9 billion stick cigarette market is entirely dependent on imports and is dominated by three key multinationals: Philip Morris International (PMI), Imperial Tobacco and British American Tobacco (BAT). These companies together account for 87 percent of the market.

FCTC Status

Togo ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 15, 2005. The treaty went into effect on February 13, 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 Chronic Disease Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (STEPS), 2010-2011; National.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013; 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