About

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

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Data sourced: 2021.   Page updated: 2022-09-02

Smoking in Poland

The overall smoking prevalence in Poland has been going down since 2006. 26% of the adult population in Poland are current smokers, up from 35% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 8.4 million smokers in the country. 30.3% of men smoke and for women the figure is 21.6%.

The most recent data show there were 71,705 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 21,300 women and 50,400 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 21.04% (women: 11.2%; and men: 25.2%).

Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Poland and there are 363,700 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 1.14%. There is a requirement to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning, and they can only be sold to those 18 and older. Vaping devices can be purchased without a prescription but there are legal restrictions on their use in public places.

Heated tobacco products are legal and can be marketed, but the situation is a bit more complicated for snus. While it is illegal to import snus for trade or buy the product online, it is possible to import it for personal use.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be marketed and it is available to buy in pharmacies. The NRT market in Poland is worth €42.2 million.

For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

71,705

Deaths

71,705 people in Poland die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

42.2 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 42.2 million €.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Poland

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

in Poland

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

in Poland

Snus is banned. Snus is legal to use.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Poland

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.

The GSTHR database is updated regularly by our team. However, please be aware that the information we provide does not constitute legal advice. We cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or accurate, as the regulatory status of different product categories can change at short notice and with little publicity. If you wish to check the legal status of use or possession of any safer nicotine product in a specific country or region, you should verify the information independently. If you have reason to think that the information supplied on the GSTHR is inaccurate, please contact us with details and any references and we will rectify any errors.