21.8% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 224,908 current smokers in Mauritius
39.9% of men are current smokers but only 3.7% of women
Smoking in Mauritius
There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Mauritius. Smoking prevalence was 25% in 2000 and declined to 22% in 2015, with a further drop to 20% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 47% in 2000 to 41% in 2015, with a further decrease to 38% projected by 2025. For women a low prevalence of 5% in 2000 decreased to just over 3% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 2.5% 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.
1,243 people in Mauritius die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Heated Tobacco Products
You can't advertise HTP in Mauritius.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
A public health regulation, Government Notice No. 263 of 2008, The Public Health Act (regulations under sections 193 and 194 of the Public Health Act), prohibits the sale, offer for sale or distribution of products that look like tobacco or cigarettes - this includes e-cigarettes, however it is not clear whether non cig-a-like e-cigarettes are included. Restrictions cover sale and distribution only. Use of e-cigarettes is not restricted by this regulation.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Mauritius.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Mauritius you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.