31.5% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 252,531 current smokers in East Timor

57.7% of men are current smokers but only 4.9% of women

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

Smoking in East Timor

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in East Timor show a decrease from 2000 (51%) to 2015 (42.5%), with a projection to decrease further to 37% by 2025. For women there has been a downwards year by year trend in smoking prevalence, from 10% in 2000 to 6% in 2015, and projected to be around 5% by 2025. For men the trend has also been downwards, however the starting point was significantly higher, with 92% being current smokers in 2000, 78% in 2015, and a projection of a further decrease to around 67% 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.



739 people in East Timor die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in East Timor

Decree-Law No. 14/2016 of June 8th prohibits the sale, importation or advertisement of e-cigarettes and related accessories. Smoking restrictions in public places also apply to e-cigarettes.

Heated Tobacco Products

in East Timor

In East Timor, Heated Tobacco Products are regulated by Decree-Law N.º 14 /2016 of the Tobacco Control Regime, which restricts their use in public places, and prohibits sale and marketing.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in East Timor

You can't advertise NRT in East Timor.

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