8.9% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 62,584 current smokers in Swaziland
16.3% of men are current smokers but only 1.4% of women
Smoking in Swaziland
The trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Swaziland has been fairly flat. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 9%; this decreased to around 8% by 2015, with a projection to increase slightly to 8.5% by 2025. Men's smoking remained flat at 15% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase slightly to 16% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period was low at 3% in 2000, then decreased to under 2% in 2015, and is projected to decrease slightly to 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 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.
In Swaziland, 737 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is illegal to be marketed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.
Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Swaziland it is illegal to sell nicotine for using NRT. NRT is legal to market. NRT is available in Pharmacy.