18.6% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 21.9 million current smokers in Bangladesh

36.4% of men are current smokers but only 0.5% of women

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Data sourced: 2024.   Page updated: 2024-04-08

Smoking in Bangladesh

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Bangladesh has been decreasing, from 30% overall in 2000 to 23% in 2015, with a further decrease to 20% projected by 2025. The smoking prevalence has been decreasing for both sexes, but the biggest decrease has been for men, for whom prevalence dropped from 54% in 2000 to 44% in 2015, with a further projected decrease to 40% in 2025. Women's current smoking prevalence dropped from 5% in 2000 to 1% in 2015, and a further drop to 0.3% by 2025 is projected. 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 Bangladesh, 161253 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.


e-cigarette vaping

The prevalence of current e-cigarette vaping among adults is 0.2%.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Bangladesh

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team. The prevalence of current e-cigarette vaping among adults is 0.2%. 0.4% of the population had tried e-cigarette vaping at least once.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Bangladesh

HTP is allowed. You can't advertise HTP in Bangladesh.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Bangladesh

You can't advertise NRT in Bangladesh.


in Bangladesh

Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Bangladesh.


in Bangladesh

Pouches are allowed.

The GSTHR database is updated regularly by our team. However, please be aware that the information we provide does not constitute legal advice. We cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or accurate, as the regulatory status of different product categories can change at short notice and with little publicity. If you wish to check the legal status of use or possession of any safer nicotine product in a specific country or region, you should verify the information independently. If you have reason to think that the information supplied on the GSTHR is inaccurate, please contact us with details and any references and we will rectify any errors.