21.8% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 589,644 current smokers in Uruguay
25.2% of men are current smokers but only 18.4% of women
Smoking in Uruguay
There is a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Uruguay. Smoking prevalence was 50% overall in 2000 and declined to 17% in 2015, with a further drop to 8.5% projected by 2025. The prevalence for men was high, but has decreased significantly from 59% in 2000 to 21% in 2015, with a further decrease to 11% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 43% in 2000, decreasing to 14% in 2015, and is projected to decrease to around 7% 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.
5,117 people in Uruguay die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Market size of NRT.
Estimated NRT market size is 0.2 million €.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is allowed. Advertising HTP is allowed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
Sale, importation, registration as a brand/patent, and promotion of e-cigarettes are explicitly banned by decree No. 534/009 (2009) and amendment No. 299/017 (2017) in Uruguay. Possession and use are not specified in the legislation.
Snus is allowed. Use of Snus is permitted by law in Uruguay.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Estimated NRT market size is 0.2 million €. In Uruguay you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.