Tobacco Consumption

  • Among adults in Ethiopia (ages 15-69), 4.2 percent smoke tobacco (men 7.3 percent; women 0.4 percent).1
  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 7.9 percent use tobacco products (boys 9.9 percent and girls 4.9 percent), 1.9 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 2.5 percent; girls 0.7 percent), and 6.6 percent use smokeless tobacco (boys 8.4 percent and girls 4.4 percent).2

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • Among youth (ages 13-15), 41.2 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 14.9 percent are exposed at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Every year nearly 15,400 Ethiopians are killed by smoking-related causes.3
  • In Ethiopia, 240 men and 56 women die from smoking-related causes each week.3

Tobacco Industry

National Tobacco Enterprise (state owned) imports foreign brands.

FCTC Status

Ethiopia ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control April 2014. The treaty went into effect on June 23, 2014.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For information regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, and packaging and labeling, visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.

1 Ethiopia STEPS Survey 2015; National.
2 Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2003; Subnational (Addis Ababa).
3 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2015. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, 2017

Last updated Aug. 31, 2017