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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 and for women the figure is 21.6%. 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 they 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) can be marketed and it is 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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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 [...]