25% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 29.4 million current smokers in Russian Federation

42% of men are current smokers but only 10.9% of women

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Data sourced: 2024.   Page updated: 2024-01-31

Smoking in Russian Federation

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in the Russian Federation. Smoking prevalence was 42% overall in 2000, declining to 38% by 2015 with a further drop to 35% projected by 2025. This decrease has been driven by men's current smoking prevalence, which decreased from 69% in 2000 to 59% in 2015, with a further decrease to 53.5% projected by 2025. For women the trend in prevalence has been slightly upwards - it was 19% in 2000, increasing to 19.6% by 2015, and is projected to increase to 20% 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.



309567 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Russian Federation.

23.2 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 23.2 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Russian Federation

The Russian Parliament adopted amendments to the Federal Law of the Russian Federation “On Protecting the Health of Citizens from the Effects of Second-hand Tobacco Smoke and the Consequences of Tobacco Consumption”. The amendments unify the regulation of all smoking nicotine-containing products including e-cigarettes and vapes. All the products are equated to tobacco products, all the relevant bans apply to it: it not be possible to use them in public places, sell them on the Internet, freely show them up on display windows and advertise them. Adult e-cigarette vaping prevalence is 3.5%. 14.2% of the population attempted to e-cigarette vaping at least once.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Russian Federation

Advertising of HTP is allowed.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Russian Federation

Estimated NRT market size is 23.2 million €. You can't advertise NRT in Russian Federation.


in Russian Federation

The sale of Snus is banned.


in Russian Federation

The sale of Pouches is banned. Pouches are illegal to be marketed.

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