7.6% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 17,806 current smokers in Barbados
13.2% of men are current smokers but only 2% of women
Smoking in Barbados
Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Barbados has decreased slightly from 8% in 2000 to 7.6% in 2015, but with no further decrease projected by 2025. The prevalence for men has hardly changed from 14% in 2000 to 13.9% in 2015, followed by a projected increase to 14.6% by 2025. For women there was a slight decrease from 3% in 2000 to 2% in 2015, and a further reduction to 1.55% is 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.
94 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Barbados.
Heated Tobacco Products
You can't advertise HTP in Barbados.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
It is legal to sell and use e-cigarettes in Barbados. In January 2017 the Barbados Parliament passed the Health Service Amendment Bill 2017, which classifies e-cigarettes as electronic smoking devices and extends the prohibition on smoking in public places to e-cigarettes. Retailers may advertise e-cigarettes but must show information saying that they are not a safe alternative to cigarettes. E-cigarette products are taxed at the same rate as cigarettes.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Barbados.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Barbados you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.