Global Epidemic


Tobacco Consumption

  • 7.9 percent of adults (age 15+) in Uganda use tobacco products.1
  • Rates are higher among men than among women: 11.6 percent of men and 4.6 percent of women use tobacco products.1
  • 5.8 percent of adults (age 15+) smoke tobacco and 2.4 percent use smokeless tobacco.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 17.3 percent use tobacco products (boys 19.3 percent and girls 15.8 percent), 4.8 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 5 percent and girls 4.7 percent), and 15.6 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 17.8 percent and girls 14.1 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • 20.4 percent of adults who work indoors (0.5 million) are exposed to secondhand smoke in their workplace; 16 percent are exposed in restaurants, and 7.8 percent are exposed in public transportation.1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 26.3 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and almost 21.6 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year more than 5,000 Ugandans are killed by tobacco-caused diseases.3
  • Even though fewer men and women die on average in Uganda than in other low-income countries, still 71 men and 26 women are killed by tobacco every week.3

Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco Uganda has a near-monopoly on the tobacco market in the country with 80 percent share of the cigarettes market and 70 percent of tobacco production.

FCTC Status

Uganda ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 20, 2007. The treaty went into effect on September 18, 2007.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

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

1 Global Adults Tobacco Survey, 2013.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011; 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