Smoking costs Morocco more than 5 billion dirhams annually, or 0.45% of GDP

In 2019, mortality attributed to tobacco in Morocco was 12,800 premature deaths. Official statistics also indicate that smoking costs the Kingdom more than 5 billion dirhams (MMDH) annually, or 0.45% of GDP.

These figures were communicated by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MSPS), which launched, on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day (May 31), the national awareness campaign on the harmful effects of smoking, under the slogan “Let’s stop smoking for our health and for the health of our environment”, and this in the continuity of the celebration of World Health Day 2022 “our planet, our health”.

This campaign, which runs from May 31 to June 21, 2022, a national campaign, aims on the one hand to raise awareness of the dangers of smoking and to strengthen advocacy around this issue, and on the other hand to raise awareness on its impact on our environment.

The MSPS recalls on this occasion that tobacco is the main cause of death and preventable diseases. The prevalence of smoking in Morocco is 13.4% among adults over the age of 18, including 26.9% of men and 0.4% of women [STEPS 2018]the prevalence of smoking among students aged 13 to 15 is 6% [GYTS 2016] and about 35.6% of the population is exposed to passive smoking in public and professional places.

According to the results of the evaluation of the epidemiological and economic impact of smoking in Morocco carried out in 2021, tobacco in Morocco was responsible in 2019 for 74,000 prevalent cases of ischemic heart disease, 4,227 new annual cases of lung cancer, he says. note again.

In addition, the annual economic cost of tobacco in Morocco amounts to more than 5 billion Dirhams in 2019, representing 8.5% of total health expenditure (SDR) and 0.45% of GDP. It is divided between the direct medical cost (60.9%), that of mortality (33.0%) and the loss of productivity linked to morbidity (6.1%).

The MSPS also recalls the importance of the involvement of all, individuals, departments and civil society, in strengthening the fight against tobacco, both in terms of preventing the initiation of tobacco use among young people, support and support for the cessation of smoking habits through adherence to smoking cessation support services available in the structures of the ministry and advocacy for the implementation of strict legislation necessary for the protection of non-smokers against exposure to tobacco smoke and the prohibition of tobacco consumption in public spaces.

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