20.1% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 35,974 current smokers in Vanuatu
37.2% of men are current smokers but only 2.9% of women
Smoking in Vanuatu
Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Vanuatu show a decrease from 2000 (33%) to 2015 (19.7%), with a projection to decrease further to 14.5% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining year by year, from 5% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and is projected to be around 2% by 2025. For men the trend has also been downwards, but starting from a much higher prevalence of 60% being current smokers in 2000, 37% in 2015 and a projection to decrease further to around 27% 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.
302 people in Vanuatu die from tobacco smoking-related diseases each year.
Heated Tobacco Products
You can't advertise HTP in Vanuatu.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.
Snus is banned.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Vanuatu you don't need a prescription to purchase NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.