Cameroon: The tobacco industry grasp revenues equivalent to 8,9% of the PIB monthly per inhabitant.

28 October 2015
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In Cameroon, each smoker spends averagely the sum of 4691 francs Cfa per month, just on cigarette purchase. Which is equivalent to 8,9% of the Public Investment Budget(PIB) monthly per inhabitant, as revealed by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), a survey carried in 2013 by the National Institute of Statistics(NIS) with the support of the Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization.

Thinking of the same source, the tobacco phenomenon in Cameroon is more likely to be noticed in persons situated between the age range 25-44 years, where the monthly expenses on cigarette is not less than 5000 francs Cfa per smoker; mean while those between 15-24 years are spending about 4123 frans Cfa each month on smoking.

Tobacco use is at a rise, thus the devastating effects on health are not to be neglected, the Cameroon Coalition to Counter Tobacco (C3T) is driving for years now advocacy towards government authorities looking forward to the increase of taxes on this poisonous product, with end result to reduce its use especially amongst youths who are more exposed to smoking.


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