Brunei

Brunei - country profile

Cigarettes in Brunei

Current smoking prevalence in the general population in Brunei has slightly increased since 2000 (when it was 16.8%) to 2015 (when it was 16.9%) with a further projected increase to 17.4% by 2025. Men’s prevalence has been increasing gradually from 29.5% in 2000 to 31% in 2015, with a further increase projected to just under 33% by 2025. For women there is a slight decline from 4% to 2% between 2000 and 2015, and a further projected decrease to 1.4% 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 Brunei

The laws with respect to e-cigarettes are quite confusing in Brunei. E-cigarettes are classified as tobacco imitation products, and their sale and importation are prohibited by the Tobacco Order (2005). Use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in certain public places and on public transportation, as listed in the Tobacco Order. Use of an e-cigarette is permitted in areas that permit smoking tobacco, however it is illegal to purchase an e-cigarette or bring one into the country. Nicotine liquid preparations above 7.5% are classified as poisons, and the Poisons Act stipulates that a license/permit from the Pharmacy Enforcement Unit of the Ministry of Health must be obtained before a person can import, possess for sale, or offer for sale any poison. If a person is found using an e-cigarette in places where smoking is prohibited, they can be fined the equivalent of $300 for the first offence, and $500 for the second and all subsequent offences. E-cigarette products can be found in stores throughout the country even though it is technically illegal to sell them.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
1
A
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Regulated as medicinal product:
Yes
1
A
Regulated as tobacco product:
Yes
1
A
Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
1.00
1
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/
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Laws around sale of ecigarettes are confusing and can seem contradictory. Products can be found in stores throughout the country even though its technically illegal to sell them

Availability

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

Restrictions on nicotine content:
Yes
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes

Snus in Brunei

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

Heated Tobacco Products in Brunei

In Brunei, heated tobacco products are regulated as ‘other tobacco’, under section 3 of the Tobacco Order, which covers any tobacco products that can be inhaled, chewed or used orally (other than smoking it).

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 Brunei

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

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).