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Smoking in Oman

There has been an upwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Oman. In 2000 the overall prevalence was estimated to be around 8%; this increased to 11.5% by 2015, with a projection to increase to 12.5% by 2025. This increase in prevalence has been driven entirely by men's smoking, which increased from 14% to 16% between 2000 and 2015, and is projected to increase further to 18% by 2025 according to WHO trend data. By contrast, women's smoking during the same period has remained less than 1% from 2000 to 2015, and is projected to be less than 0.5% 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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January 18, 2024 by

Illegal e-cigarette sales: Oman announces new fines

Selling electronic cigarettes, shisha or any associated accessories will incur fines of up to OMR2,000 ($5,208) in Oman, according to a new circular. The sale and marketing of e-cigarettes have been banned in Oman since 2015 by the country’s Consumer Protection Authority. However, the use and possession of e-cigarettes in Oman are legal, according to the Global State of Tobacco Harm Reduction.