26% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 8.4 million current smokers in Poland
30.3% of men are current smokers but only 21.6% of women
Smoking in Poland
The overall trend for prevalence of current smokers in the general population in Poland has been downwards since 2006. 30% of the Polish population were current smokers in 2017, down from 35% in 2006. The trend was mostly downwards, with a slight upwards blip in the 2017 survey (+2%). These data come from the Eurobarometer surveys, the most recent of which was carried out in 2017. In the most recent survey a total of 27,901 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home, in their mother tongue, across all 28 of the EU countries. The sample for each country is representative, however the sample sizes are relatively small (e.g. most countries had just over 1000 participants, but for Italy, Malta and Lithuania the sample was around 500). Nevertheless, the Eurobarometer surveys are useful as they have estimates for smoking prevalence collected over a number of years which can show trends, as described here.
71,705 people in Poland die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Market size of NRT.
NRT market size is estimated to 42.2 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
In Poland, there is a tax of 1141.29 Polish Zloty per kilogram and 31.41% of the weighted average retail selling price of smoking tobacco applied to heated tobacco products.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
Poland abides by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014). E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco related products and are regulated by the Polish Anti-Tobacco Act (2016). Vaping is not allowed wherever smoking is prohibited, including at bus stops. There are heavy fines for those who violate the ban and for the establishments which allow violations. Cross-border distance sales, sale or distribution of e-cigarettes to minors under 18 years, and sale via vending machines or self-service sales are all prohibited. It is also prohibited to display items that imitate the packaging of cigarettes. From 2018 the excise tax on e-liquids is 0.5PLN (€0.23) per millilitre.
Snus is banned. Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Estimated NRT market size is 42.2 million €. In Poland is legal to purchase nicotine without prescription to using NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.