Switzerland

Switzerland - country profile

Cigarettes in Switzerland

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Switzerland. Smoking prevalence was 30% overall in 2000; this declined to 24% in 2015, with a further drop to 21% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 36.5% in 2000 to 28% in 2015, with a further decrease to 23.5% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 23.5% in 2000; this decreased to around 21% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 19% 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 Switzerland

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. Regulations that will regulate nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as tobacco products are under development. In 2019, new policies were implemented that banned smoking and e-cigarette use in public areas of train stations. Vapers must now stick to designated smoking areas. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team.

Product promotion

Advertising is regulated:
Yes
1
1
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
Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
0.00
B
A
Switzerland | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/switzerland.
B
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 buy device online - personal use:
No
A
Legal to buy nicotine online - personal use:
No
A
Legal to import device - trade:
Yes
A
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
Yes
A
Legal to sell device:
Yes
A
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
A
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
A
healing
A
Switzerland | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/switzerland.

Regulations and restrictions

Child and tamperproof containers required:
Yes
A
Health warning on packaging required:
Yes
A
Restrictions on nicotine content:
Yes
A
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes
A
Restrictions on tank size:
Yes
A
A
Switzerland | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/switzerland.

Snus in Switzerland

In May 2019, the ban on the sale of snus in Switzerland was lifted by the public law department following a challenge. Previously, the sale of oral tobacco in the form of powder or fine particles was illegal - this included snus.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
A
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A
1. Information obtained from industry source (2014 data); 2. Snuscentral website available at: https://www.snuscentral.com/blog/snus-users-in-switzerland-can-legally-buy-snus-from-snuscentralcom-n44

Availability

Legal to import product for personal use:
Yes
Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Switzerland

In Switzerland, heated tobacco products are considered tobacco products, therefore they can be marketed like other tobacco products. Heated tobacco products do not have to be subjected to preliminary approval. However, they differ to tobacco products in that the health warnings and taxation levels do not correspond to those of cigarettes.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
1
A
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A
1. Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system; 2. WHO (2018) Heated tobacco products (Htps) market monitoring information sheet. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/publications/prod_regulation/htps-marketing-monitoring/en/ ; 3. Industry contact provided information; 4. BAT harm Reduction report 2018. Available at: https://www.bat.com/group/sites/uk__9d9kcy.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO9DCL3P
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1. IQOS; 2. glo; 3. Ploom tech

Availability

Products are marketed:
Yes
1
A
healing
A
1. Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system; 2. WHO (2018) Heated tobacco products (Htps) market monitoring information sheet. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/publications/prod_regulation/htps-marketing-monitoring/en/ ; 3. Industry contact provided information; 4. BAT harm Reduction report 2018. Available at: https://www.bat.com/group/sites/uk__9d9kcy.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO9DCL3P
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1. IQOS; 2. glo; 3. Ploom tech

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Switzerland

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

Product promotion

Market size:
14.80 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).