7.5% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.1 million current smokers in Cameroon

14.8% of men are current smokers but only 0.3% of women

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Smoking in Cameroon

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Cameroon has been increasing sharply according to WHO trend reports. For the general population in 2000 the prevalence for current smoking was 6%; this has increased to 21% in 2015 and is projected to increase further to 43% by 2025. All of the increase in prevalence has been driven by men's smoking, which increased from 11.5% in 2000 to 41% in 2015 with a projected increase to 85% by 2025 if this trend continues. Women's current smoking prevalence has remained at 0.9% since 2000, and is projected to remain at 0.9% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2015 report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection.



8,036 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Cameroon.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Cameroon

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Cameroon

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.


in Cameroon

No information about regulation of Snus is available for Cameroon.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Cameroon

There is no information about using NRT