16.8% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 853,787 current smokers in Singapore

28.2% of men are current smokers but only 4.2% of women

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Data sourced: 2022.   Page updated: 2023-10-10

Smoking in Singapore

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Singapore show a very slight decrease from 2000 (16.4%) to 2015 (16.1%), with a projection to decrease further to 15.8% by 2025. The downwards trend has been driven by changes in women's smoking behaviour. For women there has been a downwards year by year trend in smoking prevalence, from 5.3% in 2000 to 4.5% in 2015, with a further projected decrease to around 4% by 2025. For men, there has been a slight upwards trend, with 27.7% being current smokers in 2000, 28.1% in 2015 and a projection to increase a little further to 28.2% 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.



In Singapore, 2278 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

1.5 million €

Market size of NRT.

NRT market size is estimated to be 1.5 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Singapore

In Singapore, the importation, distribution, sale, or purchase of e-cigarettes are banned under the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act 2013. As of February 2018, possession and use of e-cigarettes are also prohibited. Penalties for importation, distribution, and sale can be up to 10,000 Singapore dollars (~US$7,625), or imprisonment for up to 6 months, or both. Repeat offenders can receive double the penalties. The penalties for purchase, use, and possession are fines of up to 2,000 Singapore dollars (~US$1,525).

Heated Tobacco Products

in Singapore

The sale of HTP is banned. You can't advertise HTP in Singapore.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Singapore

NRT market size is estimated to be 1.5 million €. In Singapore you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising of NRT is allowed. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Singapore

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Singapore

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

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