10.9% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 32,380 current smokers in Bahamas
18.6% of men are current smokers but only 3.2% of women
Smoking in Bahamas
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in the Bahamas show a slight increase from 2000 (10.7%) to 2015 (11.4%), with a projection to increase further to around 13% by 2025. For women there has been a gradual, downwards year by year trend, from 5% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and projected to be 2.5% by 2025. For men the trend has gone in the opposite direction, upwards, with 17% being current smokers in 2000, 20% in 2015 and a projection of around 24% by 2025. It is therefore men's smoking prevalence that has been driving up the smoking prevalence in the general population. 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 Bahamas, 185 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is illegal to be marketed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Bahamas.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Bahamas is legal to purchase nicotine without prescription to using NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.