22.4% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 2.0 million current smokers in Tunisia
42.8% of men are current smokers but only 2% of women
Smoking in Tunisia
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Tunisia show an increase from 2000 (32%) to 2015 (33%), with a projection to increase further to around 34.4% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining gradually year by year, from 7% in 2000 to 1% in 2015, and is projected to be around 0.4% by 2025. The overall upwards trend has been driven by men's current smoking prevalence. Men’s smoking prevalence has been increasing, with 57% being current smokers in 2000, 66% in 2015 and a projection of a further increase to 70% 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.
In Tunisia, 11,076 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 0.2 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is illegal to be marketed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
On July 10th 2019, the Tobacco State Monopoly officially validated and released Product Standards and Health warning guidelines for e-cigarettes. All e-cigarette products must comply with the newly created guidelines. This includes producing a health warning saying ‘This product may damage your health and is addictive’ and which must occupy 30% of the packaging front panel.
Snus is legal to use.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
NRT is available in Pharmacy. Advertising NRT is allowed.