8.8% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 238,080 current smokers in Mauritania

16.3% of men are current smokers but only 1.4% of women

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

Smoking in Mauritania

The prevalence of current smokers in the general population in Mauritania has been increasing. In 2000 the prevalence was estimated to be 16%; this increased to 26% by 2015, with a projection to increase to 36% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 26% to 47% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 68% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period decreased from 6% in 2000 to 4% in 2015, and is projected to reduce to 3% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2015 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.



In Mauritania, 932 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Mauritania

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

Heated Tobacco Products

in Mauritania

You can't advertise HTP in Mauritania.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Mauritania

You can't advertise NRT in Mauritania.


in Mauritania

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

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