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Smoking in Kuwait

Current smoking trends for the overall adult population in Kuwait show a decrease from 2000 (27%) to 2015 (24.3%), with a projection to decrease a little further to 23.6% by 2025. For women, smoking prevalence has been declining gradually year by year, from 6% in 2000 to 3% in 2015, and is projected to be around 2% by 2025. For men the trend has been very slightly downwards, with 40.5% being current smokers in 2000, 40% in 2015 and a projection of a tiny further reduction to 39.7% 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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July 29, 2023 by

Easy access to vaping blamed for high smoking rates in Kuwait

According to the latest statistics of the Central Statistical Bureau in June 2023, prices of cigarettes and tobacco increased by 0.37 percent. Despite the hike, the smoking rate in Kuwait keeps on increasing, whether with regular cigarettes or alternatives. In 2021, Kuwait ranked first in the Gulf in smoking, as 39.9 percent of men and 3 percent of women in the country are smokers, according to the head of the healthy cities’ office at the health ministry Dr Amal Al-Yahya, indicating the latest statistics by the health ministry showed the annual cost of smoking in Kuwait reached KD 481 million.