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Cameroon – Health: More than 6.5 million Cameroonians exposed to tobacco smoke

Written by Deckson N.

They are passive smokers who suffer the action of active smokers estimated at more than one million.

While World No Tobacco Day is celebrated on May 31, 2017, figures in Cameroon show that despite anti-tobacco legislation, deterrence campaigns and an increase in the price of cigarette sticks. The alarm bell is fired by La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) of May 26, 2017.

In Cameroon, it is reported that “of the 1 100 000 current tobacco users, 8.9 are adults, 13.9% men, 4.3% women. Regarding passive smokers, there are 6,720,000 people exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke in all public places (restaurants, workplaces, transport, bistros) “.

In terms of the economy, LNE says, “the cigarette smoker spends CFAF 4,691 a month, an average of 8.9% of the monthly GDP per capita in 2013, and for the advertising of tobacco products. Nearly 3 out of 10 adults (31.5%) noted the advertising or promotion of tobacco and its products.

According to these figures, “75.4% of smokers have noticed the health warnings on cigarette packs, 35.5% of smokers have considered stopping because of these health warnings on cigarette packs.

It is for this reason that the Cameroon Coalition for Tobacco Control (C3T) were deployed a few days ago in the district hospital of the Cité Verte. The members of this coalition have sensitized the sick and on the dangers associated with tobacco consumption.

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