4.7% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 1.1 million current smokers in Uganda

8.2% of men are current smokers but only 1.4% of women

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

Smoking in Uganda

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Uganda. Smoking prevalence was 15% overall in 2000 and declined to 9% in 2015, with a further drop to around 7% projected by 2025. The prevalence for men has driven this downwards trend. Men’s prevalence decreased from 25.5% in 2000 to 15% in 2015, with a further decrease to 11% projected by 2025. For women prevalence was 4% in 2000, decreasing to 3% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to 2% 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.



10637 people in Uganda die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.


e-cigarette vaping

Adult e-cigarette vaping prevalence is 1.7%.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Uganda

In Uganda, e-cigarettes are categorised as Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). Under the Tobacco Control act (2015) the manufacture, importation, sale and distribution of ENDS are prohibited. It is not illegal to use ENDS, but it is illegal to bring them into the country. Despite these laws, The Vaping Post reports that obtaining e-cigarettes is still possible from shops illegally selling them.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Uganda

You can't advertise HTP in Uganda.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Uganda

In Uganda you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. NRT is legal to market. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.

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