16.9% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 23.0 million current smokers in Pakistan
31% of men are current smokers but only 2.8% of women
Smoking in Pakistan
There has been a very slight downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Pakistan. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be just under 23%; this reduced to 19% in 2015, with a projection to decrease slightly further to 18.6% by 2025. The trend for men's smoking prevalence has been downwards, from 37% to 35% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to stay at roughly this level by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period decreased from 8% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and is projected to be 1.4% 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.
160,189 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Pakistan.
Heated Tobacco Products
No information about regulation of HTP is available for Pakistan. HTP is illegal to be marketed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
Pakistan has no specific laws regarding the sale, importation and use of e-cigarettes.
No information about regulation of Snus is available for Pakistan.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
There is no information about using NRT