Smoking in Palau
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Palau show a decrease from 2000 (30%) to 2015 (16.5%), with a projection to decrease further to 11% by 2025. For women there has been a downwards year by year trend in smoking prevalence, from 15% in 2000 to 8% in 2015, and projected to be around 5% by 2025. For men the trend has also been downwards, with 43% being current smokers in 2000, 24% in 2015 and a projection to decrease to around 16% 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.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is banned. You can't advertise HTP in Palau.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are classified as tobacco products and have been added to tobacco related legislation. A license issued by the Minister of Finance is required for distribution, export, importation or manufacture of e-cigarette products. Sale by and to minors under 21 years is prohibited, and age verification is required at point of sale. Sale via vending machines is prohibited, as are cross border distance sales over the internet or via mail order. Advertising, promotion, sponsorship, display of tobacco products at the point of sale, and brand-stretching are all prohibited.
Snus is banned.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Palau you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in many general shops without a prescription.