14.2% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.6 million current smokers in Cambodia

28% of men are current smokers but only 1.6% of women

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Data sourced: 2022.   Page updated: 2023-10-10

Smoking in Cambodia

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Cambodia is in decline, from 24% in 2000 to 15% in 2015, with a projected further decrease to under 12% by 2025. Prevalence for men has decreased from 44% in 2000 to 29% in 2015, with a projected further decrease to 23% going forward to 2025. For women, current smoking prevalence decreased from 6% in 2000 to 2% in 2015, and is projected to be around 1% 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.



15169 people in Cambodia die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Cambodia

A government circular from 2014 (No. 001/14 Sor.Nor.No.NACD) issued by the National Authority for Combatting Drugs bans the sale, importation and use of e-cigarettes. It requires all authorities to take action to "Terminate all forms of consumptions and sales of Shisha and e-cigarettes by confiscating those prohibited products" and to "Terminate and restrain all forms of the sales and imports". Officially all e-cigarettes found by authorities, in any situation, will be confiscated. However, reports have been received from travellers stating that they have not had problems taking e-cigarettes into the country for personal use, and using e-cigarettes in smoking-designated areas seems acceptable.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Cambodia

The sale of HTP is banned. HTP is not allowed in Cambodia. HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Cambodia

You can't advertise NRT in Cambodia.


in Cambodia

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Cambodia

There is currently no information about using pouches.

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