8.5% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 3.3 million current smokers in Colombia

12.6% of men are current smokers but only 4.7% of women

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

Smoking in Colombia

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Colombia has reduced from 20% in 2000 to 9% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 6% by 2025 according to WHO trend estimates. Men's smoking prevalence has decreased the most, from 27% in 2000 to 14% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to around 10% by 2025. Women's current smoking prevalence was lower at 13% in 2000, and decreased to 5% in 2015 with a projected further decrease to around 3% 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 than in the first edition.



20895 people in Colombia die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

0.8 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 0.8 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Colombia

In Colombia, the tobacco control law No. 1335 of 2009 classifies e-cigarette products as tobacco imitations, effectively banning the sale, manufacture and marketing/advertising of e-cigarettes. It is not illegal to use e-cigarettes, but there are bans on vaping in enclosed public spaces and on public transport.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Colombia

HTP is allowed. Advertising of HTP is allowed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Colombia

Estimated NRT market size is 0.8 million €. In Colombia you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. NRT is legal to market. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Colombia

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


in Colombia

There is currently no information about using pouches.

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