10.6% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 414,544 current smokers in Oman

15% of men are current smokers but only 0.3% of women

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

Smoking in Oman

There has been an upwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Oman. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 8%; this increased to 11.5% by 2015, with a projection to increase to 12.5% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 14% to 16% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 18% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period has remained less than 1% from 2000 to 2015, and is projected to be less than 0.5% 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 Oman, 967 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Oman

The sale and marketing of e-cigarettes are banned in Oman as per a decision by the Public Authority for Consumer Protection in 2015, however use and possession are legal. There is thought to be a black market in e-cigarettes as a result of the ban, which the Ministry of Health thinks is supplied by online sales and locals bringing products back from foreign trips. Omani citizens who bring back e-cigarettes or try to sell them may be fined €1,000 (500 Rials) for a first offence, or double that for a second offence.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Oman

In July 2019, IQOS was launched across all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, following the approval of the US FDA earlier in the year.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Oman

In Oman it is legal to purchase nicotine without using NRT prescription. Advertising of NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.


in Oman

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

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