32.3% of the adult population are smokers
There are approximately 1.5 million smokers in Slovakia
Smoking in Slovakia
The prevalence of current smokers in the general population in Slovakia was 1% higher (at 26%) in 2017 than it was in 2006. Prevalence has fluctuated during this period with a very slight downwards trend. These data come from the Eurobarometer surveys, the most recent of which was carried out in 2017. In the most recent survey a total of 27,901 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed face-to-face at home, in their mother tongue, across all 28 of the EU countries. The sample for each country is representative, however the sample sizes are relatively small (e.g. most countries had just over 1000 participants, but for Italy, Malta and Lithuania the sample was around 500). Nevertheless, the Eurobarometer surveys are useful as they have estimates for smoking prevalence collected over a number of years which can show trends, as described here.
In Slovakia, 8.1 thousand people die each year due to tobacco smoking.
The prevalence of current e-cigarette vaping among adults is 1.34%.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is legal to market.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
Slovakia abides by the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) (2014). E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco products and are regulated by the Act of 25th November 2015 (No. 89/2016) on the Manufacture and Labelling of Tobacco Products and Related Products. Vaping is prohibited wherever smoking is not allowed. As of March 2016, importation of e-cigarette products is allowed according to an instruction from the General Administration of Customs. E-cigarette advertising is restricted, and cross-border e-cigarette advertising and sponsorship are prohibited. There is currently no excise tax on e-cigarettes or e-liquids.
Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
NRT is available in Pharmacy. Advertising NRT is allowed.