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Smoking in Kazakhstan

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Kazakhstan show a decrease from 2000 (32%) to 2015 (25%), with a projection to decrease further to 21% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining year by year, from 11% in 2000 to 7% in 2015, and is projected to be around 5% by 2025. For men the trend has also been downwards, with 56% being current smokers in 2000, 44.5% in 2015 and a projection of around 38% 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.

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April 22, 2024 by

Kazakhstan bans vapes

Kazakhstan has banned vapes through amendments signed by President Tokayev. Violations will incur fines up to $16,500 and potential imprisonment. The law includes criminal penalties for importing, producing, and selling vapes, with restrictions on advertising for such products. Devices heating liquids, with or without nicotine, for inhalable aerosols are affected. The law will be enacted 60 days after publication.

August 03, 2023 by

Kazakhstan to Ban Vapes

Lawmakers in Kazakhstan voted on July 29 to ban the sale, import, export and production of e-cigarettes and liquids, reports Atlas News. “The harm of vapes is undeniable,” said Deputy Nurgul Tau. “That is why the Ministry of Health has been sharply raising the issue of introducing a ban on the circulation of vapes since 2021. In my request, I proposed a complete ban on the sale of vapes.”

May 06, 2021 by

Kazakhstan Announces Changes in Tobacco Excise Taxes

An article on the World Bank Group pointed out that while the tobacco taxation policy practiced in Kazakhstan in 2003-2013 resulted in increased tobacco excise revenues, it was evidently not effective in terms of public health, as it did not lead to a decrease in cigarette consumption. In 2014, tobacco excise taxes were drastically increased and tobacco affordability substantially reduced, and this resulted in a decline in tobacco sales and smoking prevalence in the country. However, in 2015-2019 the nation returned to a policy of moderate tax increases.

January 08, 2021 by

Kazakhstan Tax Agency Announces Changes in Excise Taxes

The Kazakh State Revenue Committee Jan. 5 announced various excise tax changes for tobacco and alcohol products, effective for the 2022 tax year. The announcement includes: 1) an increase to 12,300 Kazakh tenge (US$29) from 11,000 tenge (US$26) per 1,000 cigarettes; 2) an increase to 11,750 tenge (US$28) from 7,345 tenge (US$17) for per kilogram of tobacco mixture for products with heated tobacco; 3) an increase to 8 tenge (US$0.019) from 5 tenge (US$0.001) per milliliter for nicotine-containing liquids; [...]


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