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Smoking in Spain

The overall smoking prevalence in Spain has been going down since 2006. 27.9% of the adult population are current smokers, down from 34% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 11.1 million people smoking in the country. 29.1% of men smoke and for women the figure is 26.7%. The most recent figures show there were 57,216 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 10,700 women and 46,600 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 19.1% (women: 5.1%; and men: 22.3%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Spain and there are 535,200 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 1.33%. Vaping devices can only be sold to those 18 and older and can be purchased without a prescription but there are legal restrictions on their use in public places. Heated tobacco products are legal and can be marketed, but the situation is a bit more complicated for snus. While it is illegal to import snus for trade or buy the product online, it is possible to import it for personal use. It is legal to buy nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products from pharmacies without a prescription and it can be marketed. The NRT market in Spain is worth €32.4 million. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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February 05, 2024 by

Spanish Health wants to raise the price of tobacco

A recent announcement indicates that the Spanish Ministry of Health has plans to get tough on tobacco. On her arrival at the Ministry of Health, Monica Garcia set forth her plan to resurrect an anti-smoking initiative that was initially introduced during Carolina Darias’ tenure as health minister. The move is seen as a bold step towards a healthier nation. This initiative underscores a commitment to enforce stricter regulations on vaping and to extend smoke-free zones to include terraces and other public areas.

November 13, 2023 by

Spanish government starts funding a second drug to help people quit smoking in 25 days

Spain's Ministry of Health has authorised funding for a second drug to help people quit smoking, with the active ingredient 'cytisinicline'. Marketed under the name Recigarum by the pharmaceutical company Adamed, the price for a pack of 100 tablets has been reduced this month from 111 euros to 71 euros. The general recommended dosage is one tablet every two hours at first, then one or two a day. One box is "sufficient for a full course of treatment" lasting 25 days, the drug's data sheet states.

January 04, 2023 by

Tobacco companies in Spain forced to foot the bill for cleaning up cigarette butts

From this Friday (January 6), tobacco companies in Spain will be forced to pay for cleaning up the millions of cigarette butts discarded on the country's streets and beaches every year.

October 28, 2022 by

A powerful declaration makes a compelling case for tobacco harm reduction

Spain has a vocal and well-funded tobacco control establishment. But the data suggest its traditional approach is failing. 170 national and international experts call for a rethink and make the case that Spain embraces tobacco harm reduction as a real-world public health strategy.

July 05, 2022 by

Spain May Set Further Restrictions on The Sale and Distribution of Vapes

The Royal Decree 579/2017, is the legislation pertaining to the manufacture, advertising and sale of vaping products in Spain. The decree basically translates the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) into Spanish regulations, and has been effective since the 11th of June 2017.


And now, says Euro Weekly, the Spanish Government has set out to put further restrictions on the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, with the Ministry of Health saying that they aim to reformulate the local anti-smoking legislation and extend it to the use of e-cigarettes, as they cause “harmful short-term effects”.

May 25, 2022 by

Spanish in favour of banning smoking on ban terraces

At the height of the coronavirus pandemic, smoking was prohibited in all outdoor spaces if a 1.5-metre safety distance couldn't be maintained and many regions, including the Valencian Community, continue to ban smoking on bar and restaurant terraces. Now, the Ministry of Health preparing an update of the anti-smoking law, it's possible that this measure could be extended to all of Spain, and it appears that it would be little disputed.

March 08, 2022 by

El Gobierno se enfrenta al vapeo y obstaculiza una España sin fumadores

Hasta hace no mucho, fumar era un símbolo de poder, erotismo y libertad. Fumaban Ava Gardner y Humphrey Bogart en cada plano. Fumaban los profesores en las aulas y los alumnos en el recreo. Fumaban los padres, y también los abuelos. Nadie se quejaba, y todos anhelaban tener entre sus dedos aquel cartucho de nicotina. El tabaco acabó constituyendo el pilar social clave en el devenir del viejo mundo. Hemos evolucionado mal en muchos aspectos, pero el cambio de paradigma con respecto al tabaco es una de las grandes victorias como sociedad en las últimas décadas. [...]

December 09, 2021 by

Spanish government to control sale and distribution of e-cigarettes

The Spanish government has taken the decision to control the sale and distribution of e-cigarettes, as there is currently no clear and effective system of control regarding the sale of such nicotine-containing devices.

Fernando Fernández Bueno, surgical oncologist at the Gómez Ulla Military Hospital and member of the Platform for the Reduction of Harm caused by Tobacco, explained that “vaping is 95% less harmful than traditional tobacco because e-cigarettes do not emit the carcinogens that tobacco does.” He added, “some people still say that vaping is worse than smoking. But there is nothing worse than smoking.”

December 08, 2021 by

Spain considers banning smoking in cars

The government in Spain has been forced by the priority of the coronavirus pandemic to delay moving forward on its fight against tobacco use, but has pushed ahead this week by finalising its ambitious Comprehensive Plan for the Prevention and Control of Smoking. The proposal contains five main goals and 21 objectives to be achieved in the next four years, among which include banning smoking in cars, introducing generic packaging for brands and equalising the law by imposing restrictions on electronic cigarettes. 

August 04, 2021 by

E-cig industry association sues Spanish government over anti-vaping campaign

Spain’s e-cigarette industry has launched legal action against the central government, claiming a long-running anti-vaping campaign is against the law on several counts.

The lawsuit, started by the Union of Vaping Promoters and Entrepreneurs (Unión de Promotores y Empresarios del Vapeo, UPEV), claims the Ministry of Health campaign “El tabaco ata y te mata” (“Tobacco ties and kills you”) violates several articles of the Spanish General Law of Advertising and the Law of Publicity and Institutional Communication.