15.6% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 4.0 million current smokers in Saudi Arabia

24.7% of men are current smokers but only 1.8% of women

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

Smoking in Saudi Arabia

There has been an upwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Saudi Arabia. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 15%; this increased to 16% by 2015, with a projection to increase to 17% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 23% to 26% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 28% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period has shown a decrease, from 4.2% in 2000 to 1.8% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to around 1% 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.



7015 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Saudi Arabia.

2.2 million €

Market size of NRT.

Estimated NRT market size is 2.2 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Saudi Arabia

The sale and marketing of e-cigarettes are banned in accordance with an agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is a regional political and economic union which includes all Arab states in the Persian Gulf, except Iraq. Despite the ban, vaping products are reportedly still available in the country. Vaping is not permitted in public areas. Although reputable sources still report that sales are banned, some news outlets reported in May 2019 that an excise tax of 100% will be levied on e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, which would seem to indicate that there is an appetite to regulate rather than ban these products in the future.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Saudi Arabia

In July 2019, IQOS was launched across all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, following the approval of the US FDA earlier in the year.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Saudi Arabia

Estimated NRT market size is 2.2 million €. In Saudi Arabia you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. NRT is legal to market. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Saudi Arabia

Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Saudi Arabia.


in Saudi Arabia

Pouches are allowed.

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