5.1% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 158,064 current smokers in Panama

8% of men are current smokers but only 2.3% of women

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Data sourced: 2024.   Page updated: 2024-04-08

Smoking in Panama

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Panama. Smoking prevalence was over 15% overall in 2000; this declined to 6.5% in 2015, with a further drop to 4% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 25% in 2000 to 10.5% in 2015, with a further decrease to 6% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 5% in 2000; this decreased to 2.5% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to under 2% 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 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.



907 people in Panama die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

0.4 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 0.4 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Panama

In Panama, Executive Decree No.1838 classifies e-cigarettes (with or without nicotine) as tobacco products, and prohibits their sale, advertising, promotion, sponsorship, distribution and importation. Vaping is banned in public spaces and on public transport. Vaping supplies are reported to be available illicitly.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Panama

In Panama, the sale of heated tobacco products, including components which are intrinsic to the products, are banned under Resolution no. 0953 of May 15, 2018. The resolution also prohibits the use of heated tobacco products in places where smoking is prohibited.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Panama

Estimated NRT market size is 0.4 million €. In Panama it is legal to purchase nicotine without using NRT prescription. NRT is legal to market. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Panama

Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.


in Panama

Pouches are allowed.

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