13.9% of the adult population are current smokers
There are approximately 1.2 million current smokers in Zimbabwe
26.5% of men are current smokers but only 1.3% of women
Smoking in Zimbabwe
There is a slight downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Zimbabwe. Smoking prevalence was 16% overall in 2000 and declined to 14% in 2015, with a projection to remain at roughly the same level by 2025. The prevalence for men has decreased from 29% in 2000 to just under 28% in 2015, with a projection to remain the same by 2025. Women’s prevalence was low at 3% in 2000, dropping slightly to 1% in 2015, and is projected to remain at roughly that level 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.
In Zimbabwe, 8,372 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.
Heated Tobacco Products
HTP is illegal to be marketed.
Nicotine Vaping Devices
There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.
No information about regulation of Snus is available for Zimbabwe.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
In Zimbabwe it is illegal to sell nicotine for using NRT. Advertising NRT is allowed. NRT is available in Pharmacy.