7.9% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 3.0 million current smokers in Colombia
12.2% of men are current smokers but only 3.7% of women
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.
20,895 people in Colombia die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 0.8 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
Advertising HTP is allowed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
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.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Colombia.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
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 is available in Pharmacy.