11% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.1 million current smokers in Malawi

18.2% of men are current smokers but only 3.7% of women

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Data sourced: 2022.   Page updated: 2023-04-17

Smoking in Malawi

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Malawi. Smoking prevalence was 18% in 2000 and declined to 12% in 2015, with a further drop to 10% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 28.5% in 2000 to 21% in 2015, with a further decrease to 18% projected by 2025. For women a prevalence of 8% in 2000 decreased to 4% 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.



In Malawi, 5,804 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Malawi

HTP is illegal to be marketed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Malawi

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


in Malawi

Snus is banned.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Malawi

NRT is illegal to be marketed.

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