20.1% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 14,797 current smokers in Seychelles

33.9% of men are current smokers but only 5.7% of women

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

Smoking in Seychelles

There is a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Seychelles. Smoking prevalence was 25% overall in 2000, which declined to 21.5% in 2015 with a further drop to 20% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 48% in 2000 to 36% in 2015, with a further decrease to 33% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 9% in 2000; this decreased to around 7% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 6% 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.



86 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Seychelles.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Seychelles

Currently the Tobacco Control Act 2009 prohibits the manufacture, importation, supply, display, distribution or sale of imitation tobacco products. The legislation states: "A person shall not manufacture, import, supply, display, distribute or sell any sweets, snacks, toys or other non tobacco products resembling a tobacco product". This includes e-cigarettes. Possession is not covered in the legislation, however bringing e-cigarettes into the country for personal use is reportedly also banned. However, in March 2019 an announcement was made saying that the Seychelles is legalising the use of electronic cigarettes, with a new regulation that will classify alternative nicotine products under the tobacco control law, following approval by the Cabinet of Ministers. Under the new regulations, Alternative Nicotine Delivery Systems (ANDS) will be classified as tobacco products, so that all provisions in the Seychelles tobacco control law will extend to their manufacture, distribution, sale and use.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Seychelles

Heated tobacco products are regulated as tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act 2009.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Seychelles

In Seychelles it is legal to purchase nicotine without using NRT prescription. Advertising of NRT is allowed. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Seychelles

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Seychelles

There is currently no information about using pouches.

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