Kuwait

Kuwait - country profile

Cigarettes in Kuwait

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Kuwait show a decrease from 2000 (27%) to 2015 (24.3%), with a projection to decrease a little further to 23.6% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining gradually year by year, from 6% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and is projected to be around 2% by 2025. For men the trend has been very slightly downwards, with 40.5% being current smokers in 2000, 40% in 2015 and a projection of a tiny further reduction to 39.7% 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 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 Kuwait

As of March 2016, importation of e-cigarette products is allowed according to an instruction from the General Administration of Customs.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
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Kuwait | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/kuwait.

Availability

Legal to import device - trade:
No
A
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
No
A
Legal to sell device:
No
A
Legal to sell nicotine:
No
A
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
healing
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Kuwait | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/kuwait.

Snus in Kuwait

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

Regulation

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

Availability

Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Kuwait

In July 2019, IQOS was launched across all GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, following the approval of the US FDA earlier in the year.

Availability

Products are marketed:
Yes
1
A
healing
A
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
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IQOS

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Kuwait

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

Product promotion

Market size:
1.00 million €
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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
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WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).