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Smoking in Poland

The overall smoking prevalence in Poland has been going down since 2006. 26% of the adult population in Poland are current smokers, up from 35% in 2006. This means there are now approximately 8.4 million smokers in the country. 30.3% of men smoke whilst 21.6% of women are current smokers. The most recent data show there were 71,705 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 21,300 women and 50,400 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 21.04% (women: 11.2%; and men: 25.2%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Poland and there are 363,700 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 1.14%. There is a requirement to ensure vape packaging contains a health warning, and vapes 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 are legal and 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) products can be marketed and are available to buy in pharmacies. The NRT market in Poland is worth €42.2 million. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.

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May 10, 2024 by

Not Lost Yet

Polish tobacco companies face rising costs and regulations but see relief with declining illicit markets. However, challenges persist as the EU's policies could impact Poland's tobacco industry competitiveness. Lukasz Szymanski, a market player, highlights the sector's struggles due to increases in operating costs. To stay afloat, businesses are exploring new markets like the Middle East. Concerns arise over the potential impact of the World Health Organization's Panama summit on the industry's future, with fears of increased unemployment. There is a call for protection against international interference to safeguard Polish tobacco businesses.

March 22, 2024 by

Polish Health Ministry preparing bill to ban disposable e-cigarettes

Poland’s Ministry of Health is working on a bill banning the sale of disposable e-cigarettes, with a view to having the legislation ready in April, the health minister, Izabela Leszczyna, said on Thursday. Leszczyna was asked at a press conference when the law, which was announced in late February, would be ready. “I discussed this subject exactly a month ago with the prime minister and got the green light,” she said, adding that single-use e-cigarettes are currently “the greatest threat, especially to young people,” who under existing laws should not be allowed to buy them.

March 07, 2024 by

POTV Media Partnership with GFN24

The GFN24 conference will be held online and live in Warsaw from 13-15 June 2024, focusing on 'Economics, Health, and Tobacco Harm Reduction'. Featuring expert discussions on nicotine products, GFN24 will also include ScienceLab contributions and frozen registration fees. GFN•TV reports current news in tobacco harm reduction. Consumer involvement is emphasized, with a consumer meeting on 12th June and representation throughout the event. The GFN prioritizes inclusive dialogue on safer nicotine products, inviting stakeholders to join the conversation. Ticket prices for consumers are accessible and unchanged since 2023 to encourage participation.

March 01, 2024 by

Poland plans to ban e-cigarettes

At a recent conference on "Smoking and Vaping Among Schoolchildren," Dariusz Poznański, director of the Polish Health Ministry's Department of Public Health, disclosed plans for a law targeting disposable electronic cigarettes, alongside efforts to implement the EU's June 29, 2022 directive aimed at novel tobacco products. The upcoming legislation seeks to eliminate characteristic flavors in novel heated tobacco products, adhering strictly to EU guidelines.

February 12, 2024 by

What's Up: Concern over growing e-cigarette sales in Poland

In 2023 Poland saw an alarming surge in sales of disposable e-cigarettes reaching nearly 100 million units, a threefold increase compared to the previous year.

July 10, 2018 by

Rendez-vous with Paddy Costall

My name is Paddy Costall and I am one of three Directors of Knowledge Action Change. Along with my colleagues Gerry Stimson and Grzegorz Krol, we organise the Global Forum on Nicotine  and also manage the Nicotine Science and Policy website and daily alerts service.  All our activities are aimed at raising awareness of tobacco harm reduction and the science that supports it. My own background includes working for 40 years in the fields of drugs, alcohol and criminal justice, [...]

July 04, 2018 by

Experts: Nicotine Should be Used to Help Smokers Quit

“Nicotine is not the problem. It is a very big part of the solution,” said Andy Morrison, a former smoker and trustee for the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA), a non-profit organization which is at the forefront of the fight for the use of safer alternatives in order to combat smoking. Nicotine is a natural plant alkaloid, with a lot of interesting and useful properties. Some studies have indicated that Nicotine can prevent brain shrinkage, and also (..)

June 18, 2018 by

Another successful GFN and ACS makes some movement, but bad news in Asia

The fifth Global Forum on Nicotine took place in Warsaw this weekend, attracting an array of consumer advocates, harm reduction experts and public health activists from around the world. The American Cancer Society picked last week to make some small moves towards accepting tobacco harm reduction, but failed to put forward any actual policies to remedy the damage caused by its previous stance. Meanwhile Asian vapers face a double whammy, as Hong Kong looks at tough new restrictions on e-cig sales [...]