9.1% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 753,836 current smokers in Zimbabwe

18.8% of men are current smokers but only 0.8% of women

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

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, 8372 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Zimbabwe

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Zimbabwe

You can't advertise HTP in Zimbabwe.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe it is illegal to sell nicotine for using NRT. Advertising of NRT is allowed. NRT are available in Pharmacy.


in Zimbabwe

There is currently no information about using snus.


in Zimbabwe

There is currently no information about using pouches.

The GSTHR database is updated regularly by our team. However, please be aware that the information we provide does not constitute legal advice. We cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or accurate, as the regulatory status of different product categories can change at short notice and with little publicity. If you wish to check the legal status of use or possession of any safer nicotine product in a specific country or region, you should verify the information independently. If you have reason to think that the information supplied on the GSTHR is inaccurate, please contact us with details and any references and we will rectify any errors.