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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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April 24, 2024 by

SLOVENIA'S FLAVOUR HEADACHE | Featuring Liza Katsiashvili of World Vapers' Alliance

Slovenia has recently enacted a flavour ban that has further cemented its hardening attitude to vaping, but have consumers' voices been ignored throughout these considerations? Joining us today is Liza Katsiashvili of the World Vapers' Alliance to discuss the impact of FCTC and WHO directives on vaping regulations around Europe, and the consumer reaction to Slovenia's flavour ban.

March 25, 2024 by

Slovenia’s Bad Flavour Ban

The Parliamentary Committee on Health in Slovenia has approved proposed amendments concerning tobacco-related products. The amendments, endorsed by the members of parliament, primarily focus on vaping, leading to the prohibition of all flavours except tobacco, including menthol flavour. [...] The consumer organisation in Slovenia also expressed criticism towards the amendments: “The new legislation is deemed harmful, unethical, immoral, and discriminatory. Its sole consequence is the limitation of access to vaping for those who need it the most - former smokers and individuals attempting to quit. Meanwhile, smoking rates in Slovenia persist at a staggering 20%.”

March 28, 2023 by

Stricter 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.