14.8% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 3.0 million current smokers in Nepal

26.5% of men are current smokers but only 5.6% of women

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

Smoking in Nepal

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Nepal. Smoking prevalence was 34% overall in 2000 and declined to 22% in 2015, with a further drop to 18% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 41% in 2000 to 35.5% in 2015, with a further decrease to 33% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 28% in 2000; this decreased to around 9% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 4.5% 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.



27138 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Nepal.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Nepal

In Nepal the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Directive of 2014 bans the sale, advertising, promotion and sponsorship, importation, manufacture, distribution, and use of e-cigarettes in public places and on public transportation.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Nepal

Heated tobacco products are regulated as tobacco products by the Tobacco Product (Control and Regulation) Act, 2010. This law prohibits advertising, promotion, sponsorship and use of heated tobacco products in public places. The law also requires warning messages depicting harmful effects of tobacco products to be placed on packaging.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Nepal

You can't advertise NRT in Nepal.


in Nepal

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

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