Serbia

Serbia - country profile

Cigarettes in Serbia

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Serbia. Smoking prevalence was 47% overall in 2000, which declined to 36.5% in 2015 with a further drop to 31.5% projected by 2025. For men, the prevalence decreased from 56% in 2000 to 39% in 2015, with a further decrease to 32% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 38% in 2000; this decreased to around 34% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 32% 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:
40.6%
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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):
A
The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.

Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) in Serbia

In Serbia, the law relating to advertising (Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia, No. 6/2016) imposes restrictions on the advertising and promotion of, and sponsorship related to, e-cigarettes, e-liquids and e-cigarette components. The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia introduced a tax on all e-liquids of RSD4 (USD$0.04) per ml in 2015.

Prevalence

Adult current e-cigarette vaping prevalence:
0.5%
1
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Ever tried e-cigarette vaping:
A
Kilibarda, B. et al, (2018) E-cigarette use in Serbia: Prevalence, reasons for trying and perceptions. Addictive Behaviors.
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A nationally representative survey was conducted in December 2017 and included 1045 adults (18 years or older) living in households in Serbia. Data were weighted to correspond to the distribution in population by age, gender, type of settlement and educational level.

Product promotion

Advertising is regulated:
Yes
1
1
Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.

Regulation

Regulatory status:
Allowed
A
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Regulated as consumer product:
Yes
B
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Serbia | Global Tobacco Control. https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/e-cigarette/serbia.
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 sell device:
Yes
Legal to sell nicotine:
Yes
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Yes
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Perception of harm

Harmful, or more harmful than cigarettes (female):
Harmful, or more harmful than cigarettes, (male):
Harmful, or more harmful than cigarettes:
A
Kilibarda, B., Krstev, S., Milovanovic, M. and Foley, K., 2019. E-cigarette use in Serbia: Prevalence, reasons for trying and perceptions. Addictive behaviors, 91, p.61.
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This survey did not compare perceptions of harmfulness with cigarettes. The data relates to the % of the sample who agree with the statement 'e-cigarette use is harmful to health'

Snus in Serbia

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

Heated Tobacco Products in Serbia

There are no comments specific to heated tobacco products in Serbia in the database.

Availability

Products are marketed:
Yes
1
A
healing
A
1. Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system; 2. BAT Harm Reduction Report 2018. Available at: https://www.bat.com/group/sites/uk__9d9kcy.nsf/vwPagesWebLive/DO9DCL3P.
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1. IQOS; 2. glo

Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Serbia

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

Product promotion

Market size:
0.60 million €
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Market size per smoker:
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).