11.7% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 577,875 current smokers in Paraguay

18.8% of men are current smokers but only 4.4% of women

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

Smoking in Paraguay

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Paraguay. Smoking prevalence was 30% overall in 2000 and declined to 14% in 2015, with a further drop to 8.5% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 44% in 2000 to 22% in 2015, with a further decrease to 14% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 15% in 2000; this decreased to around 5% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to under 3% 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.



3998 people in Paraguay die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Paraguay

In Paraguay, Law No. 5538/2015 classifies e-cigarettes as tobacco products. Vaping is restricted in certain public places. Decree No. 4694 applies a 16% tax on e-cigarettes, however most e-cigarettes reportedly are not registered as tobacco products, as the devices are imported as ‘electronic products’ and the e-liquids as ‘essences’, thus avoiding the tax .

Heated Tobacco Products

in Paraguay

HTP is allowed. You can't advertise HTP in Paraguay.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Paraguay

You can't advertise NRT in Paraguay.


in Paraguay

Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.


in Paraguay

Pouches are allowed.

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