12% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.2 million current smokers in Mali

22.4% of men are current smokers but only 1.7% of women

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Country profile

Smoking in Mali

The current smoking prevalence in the general population in Mali is moving very little. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 13%; this decreased to 12% by 2015, with a projection to increase back to 13% by 2025. Men's smoking increased from 22% to 23% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 24% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period decreased from 4% in 2000 to 2% in 2015, and is projected to reduce to less than 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.



In Mali, 2,630 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Mali

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Mali

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


in Mali

Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Mali.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Mali

NRT is illegal to be marketed.