Adopt a more Effective and Better Inform about the Prevalence of Tobacco Products: Profile of the Ivory Coast on Tobacco

If nothing is done, the pandemic of tobacco will cause 10 millions of death by 2030 of which 70% in developing countries. To curb this trend, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control was put in place in 2005 with a set of monitoring indicators to assess the progress made by each country. These indicators focus on the monitoring of consumption, the protection of individuals, the prevention of harmful effects, the ban on advertising and an increase in prices through higher taxation. The fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries have all ratified this framework convention. However, the adoption of laws and measures to make it operational in each member country is slow. One of the reasons for this situation is that the public authorities are generally confronted with a lack of information on the different aspects of tobacco that can inform their decision-making. In order to fill this need for evidence, CRES had developed a country profile on smoking in each of the fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries for the period 2007 to 2011. It provides reliable information on the trade of tobacco products, the tax system applied, their importance in the economy and the existence of smuggling. CRES updated these country profiles for the period 2012-2016 in six (6) of the fifteen ECOWAS countries. The purpose of this policy brief is to share the main stylized facts obtained in the Ivory Coast country profile between 2011 and 2016.