19.3% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 626,589 current smokers in Kuwait
36.5% of men are current smokers but only 2.1% of women
Smoking in Kuwait
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Kuwait show a decrease from 2000 (27%) to 2015 (24.3%), with a projection to decrease a little further to 23.6% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining gradually year by year, from 6% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and is projected to be around 2% by 2025. For men the trend has been very slightly downwards, with 40.5% being current smokers in 2000, 40% in 2015 and a projection of a tiny further reduction to 39.7% 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.
866 people in Kuwait die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 1.0 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
In July 2019, IQOS was launched across all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, following the approval of the US FDA earlier in the year.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
As of March 2016, importation of e-cigarette products is allowed according to an instruction from the General Administration of Customs.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Kuwait.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Estimated NRT market size is 1.0 million €. In Kuwait you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.