Smoking in Slovenia
The overall smoking prevalence in Slovenia has gone down slightly since 2006. 22.7% of the adult population in Slovenia are current smokers, down from 23% in 2006, though this figure did rise to 30% in 2012. This means there are now approximately 400,816 smokers in the country. 25.1% of men smoke and for women the figure is 20.3%. The most recent data show there were 2,633 annual deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (approximately 774 women and 1,900 men). The annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking was 15.14% (women: 7.3%; and men: 18.4%). Nicotine vapes (e-cigarettes) are legal in Slovenia and there are 26,200 vapers in the country, giving an adult vaping prevalence of 1.48%. 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 Slovenia is worth €800,000. For further information and full references, click through to the detailed datasheets above.
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March 28, 2023 by sloveniatimes.comStricter tobacco legislation coming
The Health Ministry has drawn up changes to tobacco legislation to further restrict access to tobacco and nicotine products, a move welcomed by public health experts.
The changes to the restriction on the use of tobacco products and related products act come after the European Commission established last year some irregularities in the transposition of the relevant EU directive in Slovenia.
These shortcomings will now be addressed, and the legislation will also transpose a delegated directive that brings stricter criteria for heated tobacco products and introduces a ban on flavours for heated tobacco products.