Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia - country profile

Cigarettes in Saudi Arabia

There has been an upwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Saudi Arabia. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 15%; this increased to 16% by 2015, with a projection to increase to 17% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 23% to 26% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 28% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period has shown a decrease, from 4.2% in 2000 to 1.8% in 2015, and is projected to be around 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 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/
1
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 Saudi Arabia

The sale and marketing of e-cigarettes are banned in accordance with an agreement of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The GCC is a regional political and economic union which includes all Arab states in the Persian Gulf, except Iraq. Despite the ban, vaping products are reportedly still available in the country. Vaping is not permitted in public areas. Although reputable sources still report that sales are banned, some news outlets reported in May 2019 that an excise tax of 100% will be levied on e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, which would seem to indicate that there is an appetite to regulate rather than ban in the future.

Product promotion

Health claims allowed:
No
A
Advertising is regulated:
Yes
1
A
Saudi Arabia Details | Tobacco Control Laws. https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/saudi-arabia/summary.
1
Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
A
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Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
1.00
B
A
Saudi Arabia Details | Tobacco Control Laws. https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/saudi-arabia/summary.
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:
Yes
A
Legal to buy nicotine online - personal use:
Yes
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
Saudi Arabia Details | Tobacco Control Laws. https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/saudi-arabia/summary.

Regulations and restrictions

Health warning on packaging required:
Yes
A
Minimum age restrictions on sales:
Yes
Unknown age
A
Restrictions on flavour range:
Yes
A
Restrictions on nicotine content:
Yes
A
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Yes
A
A
Saudi Arabia Details | Tobacco Control Laws. https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/saudi-arabia/summary.

Snus in Saudi Arabia

There are no comments specific to snus in Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia

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
1
IQOS

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Saudi Arabia

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

Product promotion

Market size:
2.20 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).