Belarus

Belarus - country profile

Cigarettes in Belarus

Current smoking prevalence is in decline in the general population in Belarus. The overall prevalence has reduced from 36% in 2000 to 27% in 2015, with a projected further decline to 22% by 2025. The decline is seen in both sexes, but most noticeably for men, where the prevalence has dropped from 65% in 2000 to 47.5% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to 39% by 2025. The decline for women over the same period has been from 12% in 2000 to 9% in 2015, with a projected decrease to 8% 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.

Tobacco smoking prevalence

Number of current smokers:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (female):
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (male):
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(1) WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025, third edition. (2019). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-global-report-on-trends-in-prevalence-of-tobacco-use-2000-2025-third-edition. (2) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Ed.). (2019). World Population Prospects 2019 (Online Edition Rev. 1.; Population Division). United Nations. https://population.un.org/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/

Smoking-related mortality

Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
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The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Belarus

The Belarusian president signed Decree No. 2 on 24th January 2019, which amended Decree No. 28 (17th December 2002) and Decree No. 4 (18th October 2007) regulating production, trade and consumption of tobacco products. The aim of the new regulation was to limit access to tobacco products and reduce the negative effects of smoking on health. The Decree also describes legislative regulation regarding the production, sale and use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. Such products will be subject to the legal norms in respect of production, sale and consumption of tobacco products. Only 'economic entities' of Belarus will have the right to engage in activities related to the production and sale of systems for tobacco use, electronic systems, and e-liquids. There will be a ban on the open display of liquids for electronic smoking systems in shop windows and other points of sale. The decree also places restrictions on the places of sale, use (for consumption) of electronic smoking systems and a ban on advertising of these systems, and the sale of e-liquids to minors.

Product promotion

Ban on all advertising:
Yes
1
Advertising is regulated:
Yes
2
1
Banned at place of sale and banned in all media.
2
Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
A
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Regulated as tobacco product:
Yes
A
A
Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Availability

Legal to import device - trade:
No
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
No
Legal to sell device:
Yes
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Regulations and restrictions

Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes

Snus in Belarus

There are no comments specific to snus in Belarus in the database.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
A
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A
Information obtained from industry source (2014 data)

Heated Tobacco Products in Belarus

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Belarus in the database.

Availability

Products are marketed:
No
A
healing
A
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Belarus

There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Belarus in the database.

Product promotion

Market size:
0.10 million €
A
Market size per smoker:
A
Consumer Health: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics. Date Exported: 8/9/2019. (c) Euromonitor International 2019

Availability

Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
A
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Products are marketed:
Yes
A
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Place available:
Pharmacy
A
A
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).