12.3% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.3 million current smokers in Burkina Faso

22.9% of men are current smokers but only 1.8% of women

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Data sourced: 2022.   Page updated: 2023-04-17

Smoking in Burkina Faso

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Burkina Faso has been decreasing, from 17% in 2000 to 13% in 2015, and a projected further decrease to 12% by 2025. Current smoking prevalence for men was 27% in 2000, decreasing to 24% in 2015 with a projected further decrease to 23% by 2025. Women's smoking has also been in decline, from 7% in 2000 to 2% in 2015, with a further decrease to 0.6% projected 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 are not age standardised, and 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.



In Burkina Faso, 4,895 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Burkina Faso

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Burkina Faso

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.


in Burkina Faso

Snus is banned.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Burkina Faso

NRT is illegal to be marketed.

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