5.7% of the adult population are smokers

There are approximately 114.5 thousand smokers in Eritrea

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Country profile

Smoking in Eritrea

Current smoking prevalence trends for the overall adult population in Eritrea show a decrease from 2000 (9%) to 2015 (6%), with a projection to decrease further to 5% by 2025. For women there has been a gradual, downwards year by year trend, starting and remaining very low, from 0.4% in 2000 to 0.2% in 2015, and projected to be the same, around 0.2%, by 2025. For men the trend goes in the same direction, with 18% being current smokers in 2000, 12% in 2015 and a projection of around 10% 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.



962 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Eritrea.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Eritrea

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Eritrea

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team. There is no information about e-cigarette vaping


in Eritrea

There is no information about using snus

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Eritrea

NRT is illegal to be marketed.