14.7% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.2 million current smokers in United Arab Emirates

29% of men are current smokers but only 0.5% of women

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Smoking in United Arab Emirates

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in the United Arab Emirates show an increase from 2000 (26%) to 2015 (29%), with a projection to increase further to around 31% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining gradually year by year, from a low start at 2% in 2000 to 1.2% in 2015, and is projected to be around 0.9% by 2025. The overall upwards trend has been driven by men's current smoking prevalence. For men the trend is upwards, with 34% being current smokers in 2000, 38% in 2015 and a projection of a further increase to 41.5% 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 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.



2,983 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in United Arab Emirates.

5.5 million €

Market size of NRT.

NRT market size is estimated to 5.5 million €.

Heated Tobacco Products

in United Arab Emirates

HTP is legal to market.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in United Arab Emirates

Following a review by the UAE Government consumer watchdog, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), the law regarding the sale of e-cigarettes is due to change in April 2019. Under the new rules, known as UAE.S 5030, it will become legal to sell, manufacture and distribute e-cigarettes, and related products will be regulated. Legal e-cigarette sales are expected to begin in the UAE in May 2019 under the new rules. At the same time, the Dubai Municipality has announced potential fines of up to Dh2,000 for vapers who use e-cigarette products in unauthorized areas, i.e. where smoking is banned. Locations where smoking is banned include places of worship, schools, universities and shopping malls as well as health and pharmaceutical facilities.


in United Arab Emirates

In July 2019, IQOS was launched across all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, following the approval of the US FDA earlier in the year.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in United Arab Emirates

NRT market size is estimated to 5.5 million €. In United Arab Emirates you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. NRT is legal to market. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.