39.7% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 29,497 current smokers in Kiribati

53.6% of men are current smokers but only 27% of women

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

Smoking in Kiribati

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Kiribati. Smoking prevalence was very high at 73% in 2000 and declined to 48% in 2015, with a further drop to 37% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 90% in 2000 to 61% in 2015, with a further decrease to 46% projected by 2025. For women a prevalence of 57% in 2000 dropped to 36% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 28% 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 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.



201 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Kiribati.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Kiribati

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

Heated Tobacco Products

in Kiribati

You can't advertise HTP in Kiribati.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Kiribati

You can't advertise NRT in Kiribati.


in Kiribati

There is currently no information about using snus


in Kiribati

There is currently no information about using pouches

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