About

21.8% of the adult population are smokers

There are approximately 597.0 thousand smokers in Uruguay

Quick links to detailed datasheets for Uruguay:
Country profile

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

Deaths

5.1 thousand people in Uruguay die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.

0.2 million €

Market size of NRT.

NRT market size is estimated to 0.2 million €.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Uruguay

Advertising HTP is allowed.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Uruguay

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

in Uruguay

Snus is permitted by law in Uruguay.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Uruguay

You can buy NRT in Pharmacy. Advertising NRT is allowed.