12.3% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 2.0 million current smokers in Sri Lanka

25.9% of men are current smokers but only 0.2% of women

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

Smoking in Sri Lanka

There has been a gradual downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Sri Lanka. Smoking prevalence was 16% overall in 2000 and declined to 13.5% in 2015, with a further drop to 12% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 31% in 2000 to just over 28% in 2015, with a further decrease to 26% projected by 2025. For women, prevalence was very low at 1.6% in 2000; this decreased to 0.3% in 2015 and is projected to decrease further to 0.1% 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.



12351 people in Sri Lanka die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Sri Lanka

The sale, manufacture or importation of e-cigarettes that contain tobacco are prohibited in accordance with the Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations No. 1 of 2016. Use and possession of e-cigarettes are not restricted, however it is not legal to buy them in the country or bring them with you into the country for personal use.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Sri Lanka

The sale of HTP is banned. HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Sri Lanka

You can't advertise NRT in Sri Lanka.


in Sri Lanka

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Sri Lanka

There is currently no information about using pouches.

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