Panama

Panama - country profile

Cigarettes in Panama

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Panama. Smoking prevalence was over 15% overall in 2000; this declined to 6.5% in 2015, with a further drop to 4% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 25% in 2000 to 10.5% in 2015, with a further decrease to 6% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 5% in 2000; this decreased to 2.5% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to under 2% 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 Panama

In Panama, Executive Decree No.1838 classifies e-cigarettes (with or without nicotine) as tobacco products, and prohibits their sale, advertising, promotion, sponsorship, distribution and importation. Vaping is banned in public spaces and on public transport. Vaping supplies are reported to be available illicitly.

Product promotion

Ban on all advertising:
Yes
1
Advertising is regulated:
Yes
2
1
Banned at place of sale and banned in all media.
2
Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
A
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Regulated as tobacco product:
Yes
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/

Availability

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

Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes

Snus in Panama

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

Regulation

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

Availability

Legal to use product:
Yes

Heated Tobacco Products in Panama

In Panama, the sale of heated tobacco products, including components which are intrinsic to the products, are banned under Resolution no. 0953 of May 15, 2018. The resolution also prohibits the use of heated tobacco products in places where smoking is prohibited.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Banned
A
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A
Personal communication, Andrew Zaman, External Affairs, Philip Morris International

Availability

Products are marketed:
No
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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Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Panama

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

Product promotion

Market size:
0.40 million €
A
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).