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Smoking in Nepal

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Nepal. Smoking prevalence was 34% overall in 2000 and declined to 22% in 2015, with a further drop to 18% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 41% in 2000 to 35.5% in 2015, with a further decrease to 33% projected by 2025. Women’s prevalence was 28% in 2000; this decreased to around 9% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 4.5% 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.

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April 10, 2024 by

Nepal to Ban Vapes as ‘Tobacco’ Use Spikes

Nepal is set to prohibit e-cigarettes due to increasing youth use, with imports reaching 3.2 million in 2023. Despite studies suggesting vaping is safer than smoking, officials warn of equal harm. A survey reveals a rise in tobacco use, with 34.1% of Nepalese and varying percentages across age groups consuming tobacco, partly due to hookah and e-cigarette popularity. Researchers advocate for stricter enforcement of anti-smoking laws and increased public awareness to combat the issue.