9.8% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 385,466 current smokers in Costa Rica

14.7% of men are current smokers but only 5% of women

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Country profile

Smoking in Costa Rica

Current smoking prevalence trends in the general population in Costa Rica have declined from 18% in 2000 to 12% in 2015, and are projected to decrease further to around 9.5% by 2025. For men the decrease has been from 27% in 2000 to 18% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 14% by 2025. For women the decrease has been from 10% in 2000 to 6% in 2015, with a projected further decrease to 5% 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.



1,187 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Costa Rica.


e-cigarette vaping

Adult e-cigarette vaping prevalence is at 1.3%.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Costa Rica

You can't advertise HTP in Costa Rica.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Costa Rica

E-cigarettes are referred to as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) in a decree (No. 37185-S-MEIC-MTSS-MP-H-SP) of 2012, and are classified as tobacco products. Sales are allowed in accordance with the tobacco control law (No. 9028, 2012). Any form of advertisement, promotion or sponsorship is prohibited outside of adult-only venues/events or direct communications. The use of nicotine-containing products in enclosed public places and on public transport is banned. Non-nicotine products are regulated by the Registry for Dangerous Products, though their marketing is not regulated.


in Costa Rica

Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. NRT is legal to market. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.