Namibia

Namibia - country profile

Cigarettes in Namibia

The current smoking prevalence in the general population in Namibia is set to increase slightly by 2025. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 20%; this changed very little by 2015, with a projection to increase slightly to 21% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 28% to 32% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 36% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period decreased from 13% in 2000 to 9% in 2015, and is projected to reduce to around 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 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):
Countries with increasing tobacco smoking prevalence:
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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/
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WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017, Country profiles http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/en/
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These rates are modelled using all national survey data published since 1990 to estimate the underlying prevalence trends by sex, then applying age-standardization to allow comparison with other countries. They do not necessarily resemble country data from 2015

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 Namibia

There is no specific law regarding e-cigarettes. If you have an update please e-mail the GSTHR team. There are reportedly some restrictions on vaping in public places but the use of non cig-a-like e-cigarettes appears to be exempt from restriction.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
No specific law
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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 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 Namibia

There are no comments specific to snus in Namibia 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 Namibia

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Namibia 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 Namibia

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

Availability

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