Mauritius

Mauritius - country profile

Cigarettes in Mauritius

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Mauritius. Smoking prevalence was 25% in 2000 and declined to 22% in 2015, with a further drop to 20% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 47% in 2000 to 41% in 2015, with a further decrease to 38% projected by 2025. For women a low prevalence of 5% in 2000 decreased to just over 3% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 2.5% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates are not age standardised, and 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. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

Tobacco smoking prevalence

Number of current smokers:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (female):
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (male):
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(1) WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025, third edition. (2019). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-global-report-on-trends-in-prevalence-of-tobacco-use-2000-2025-third-edition. (2) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Ed.). (2019). World Population Prospects 2019 (Online Edition Rev. 1.; Population Division). United Nations. https://population.un.org/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/

Smoking-related mortality

Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
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The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Mauritius

A public health regulation, Government Notice No. 263 of 2008, The Public Health Act (regulations under sections 193 and 194 of the Public Health Act), prohibits the sale, offer for sale or distribution of products that look like tobacco or cigarettes - this includes e-cigarettes, however it is not clear whether non cig-a-like e-cigarettes are included. Restrictions cover sale and distribution only. Use of e-cigarettes is not restricted by this regulation.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
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Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
1.00
A
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Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Availability

Legal to sell nicotine:
No
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Snus in Mauritius

There are no comments specific to snus in Mauritius in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
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A
Information obtained from industry source (2014 data)

Availability

Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Mauritius

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Mauritius in the database.

Availability

Products are marketed:
No
A
healing
A
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Mauritius

There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Mauritius in the database.

Availability

Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
A
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Products are marketed:
Yes
A
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Place available:
Pharmacy
A
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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).