31.8% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.6 million current smokers in Lebanon

38.7% of men are current smokers but only 25% of women

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Smoking in Lebanon

The trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in the Lebanon has been slightly downwards, driven by women's reducing smoking rates. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 36.5%; this decreased to 33% in 2015, with a projection to stay at roughly the same level by 2025. The prevalence for men's smoking increased from just under 40% to just over 40% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to over 42% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. Women's smoking during the same period decreased from 33% in 2000, to 26% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 25% 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.



4,819 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Lebanon.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Lebanon

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Lebanon

The Lebanese Ministry of Health handed down decision number (1/207) on December 11th 2013 - 'Concerning Withdrawal and Banning of Importation and Trading of E-cigarettes and E-waterpipes' - that bans the trading and importation of all types of e-cigarettes, and ordered that all e-cigarettes be removed from the market. The ban does not cover possession and use of e-cigarettes.


in Lebanon

Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Lebanon

NRT is illegal to be marketed.