11.3% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 516,835 current smokers in Sierra Leone

18.5% 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 Sierra Leone

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Sierra Leone. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 40%; this decreased to 24% by 2015, with a projection to decrease to 19% by 2025. Men's smoking decreased from 51% to 39% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 33.5% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. Data on women's smoking during the same period has shown a significant decrease, from 29% in 2000 to 9% in 2015, and is projected to be around 4% 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 are not age standardised, and 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.



3157 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Sierra Leone.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Sierra Leone

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Sierra Leone

You can't advertise HTP in Sierra Leone.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Sierra Leone

You can't advertise NRT in Sierra Leone.


in Sierra Leone

Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Sierra Leone.

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