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Smoking in Croatia

In Croatia, the overall smoking prevalence has been going up in recent years, with 36.6% of adults being smokers, compared to 33% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 1.3 million people smoking in the country. 37.9% of men smoke and for women the figure is 35.3%. The most recent data show there were 9,612 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 3,200 women and 6,500 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 19.7% (women: 10.9%; and men: 24%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Croatia and there are 30,800 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 0.88%. There is a requirement to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning and they can only be sold to those 18 and older. Vaping devices can be purchased without a prescription but there are legal restrictions on their use in public places. Heated tobacco products 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. Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can be marketed and it is legal to purchase it without a prescription. The NRT market in Croatia is worth €400,000. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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February 08, 2021 by

Excise duty on tobacco products to increase in Croatia from March

From March 1, the Croatian government will raise excise duties on tobacco products, meaning higher prices for cigarettes, tobacco or heated tobacco products or e-cigarettes, which have recently become an increasingly popular alternative to classic cigarettes. [...] The increase in excise duties on cigarettes is no surprise, but it is interesting that the largest increase in the state tax will occur on heated tobacco products where excise duty increases from 800 to 1,400 Kuna per kilogram. This is an increase in excise duty by as much as 75 percent, and such a sudden jump in excise duty on a tobacco product has not been recorded in Croatia so far.

December 03, 2018 by

Cigarettes increase in price from today

A packet of cigarettes in Croatia will cost you two Kunas more for one packet from today. The Regulation on excise duties on tobacco and tobacco products comes into force. "According to our calculations, this raise should not result in a price increase of more than two Kuna," Finance Minister Zdravko Maric commented.