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Malawi Smoking by the Numbers
Tobacco smoking rates among men and women have declined from 25.5% and 6.1% in 2003 to 18% and 1.2% respectively in 2010, according to the latest available data.
The most common type of tobacco is boxed cigarettes at 86%, followed by hand-rolled cigarettes, and then pipes at a tie.
The number of tobacco related deaths has decreased from 57 to 31 per 100,000 from 1990 to 2017. With men decreasing 88 to 54 and women 30 to 11.
Breast: 0.82%, Lung: 0.20%
– Lawrence Kasenda, medical professional
Perception of relative harm of vaping devices. From the Foundation’s 2017 and 2019 Global Polls, participants were asked, “Do you think smoking e-cigarettes and vaping devices are more or less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes?”
*Data from the 2017 Global Poll
Malawians have little exposure to or knowledge of alternatives to combustible cigarettes.
45.7% of smokers in Malawi tried quitting without assistance (2017 global poll)
If smoking cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, or pipe were completely banned in Malawi tomorrow, 73.2% of Malawian smokers feel they could stop smoking completely (2017 global poll)
92.4% of smokers in Malawi believe that tuberculosis is a condition caused by smoking cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, or pipe (2017 global poll)
Would an increase in tobacco price have an effect on your current smoking habit?