Cigarettes in Sri Lanka
There has been a gradual downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Sri Lanka. Smoking prevalence was 16% overall in 2000 and declined to 13.5% in 2015, with a further drop to 12% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 31% in 2000 to just over 28% in 2015, with a further decrease to 26% projected by 2025. For women, prevalence was very low at 1.6% in 2000; this decreased to 0.3% in 2015 and is projected to decrease further to 0.1% 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):
(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/
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):
The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.
Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Sri Lanka
The sale, manufacture or importation of e-cigarettes that contain tobacco are prohibited in accordance with the Prohibited Tobacco Products Regulations No. 1 of 2016. Use and possession of e-cigarettes are not restricted, however it is not legal to buy them in the country or bring them with you into the country for personal use.
Regulated as tobacco product:
Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
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/
Legal to import device - trade:
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Regulations and restrictions
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Snus in Sri Lanka
There are no comments specific to snus in Sri Lanka in the database.
Heated Tobacco Products in Sri Lanka
There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Sri Lanka in the database.
Personal communication, Andrew Zaman, External Affairs, Philip Morris International
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Sri Lanka
There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Sri Lanka in the database.
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).