30.9% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 20,577 current smokers in Tonga

47.1% of men are current smokers but only 15.3% of women

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

Smoking in Tonga

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Tonga. Smoking prevalence was 36% overall in 2000 and declined to 28% in 2015, with a further drop to 24.5% projected by 2025. The prevalence of current smoking for men remains high. Men’s prevalence decreased from 56% in 2000 to 45% in 2015, with a further decrease to 40% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was lower, at 16% in 2000; this decreased to 12% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to 10% 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 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.



131 people die every year due to tobacco smoking in Tonga.


e-cigarette vaping

The prevalence of current e-cigarette vaping among adults is 6.8%.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Tonga

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team. The prevalence of current e-cigarette vaping among adults is 6.8%.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Tonga

You can't advertise HTP in Tonga.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Tonga

In Tonga it is legal to purchase nicotine without using NRT prescription. Advertising of NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.


in Tonga

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Tonga

There is currently no information about using pouches.

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