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Smoking in Uzbekistan

There is a slight downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Uzbekistan. Smoking prevalence was 15% overall in 2000 and declined to 12% in 2015, with a further drop to around 11% projected by 2025. The prevalence for men has decreased from 29% in 2000 to 24% in 2015, with a further decrease to under 22% projected by 2025. For women, prevalence was very low at 1.5% in 2000, dropping slightly to 1.3% in 2015, and is projected to remain at that level 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 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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April 12, 2024 by

Uzbekistan plans to ban e-cigarettes, tobacco heating systems

Uzbekistan's Ministry of Health plans to ban electronic nicotine delivery systems, including e-cigarettes, and tobacco heating systems. The draft law aims to prohibit their circulation in the country, with proposed penalties ranging from a $1,000 fine to five years of imprisonment for violations. Despite this, Uzbekistan's tobacco production reached 2.1 billion pieces in the first two months of 2024. Tobacco exports amounted to $7.8 million, with imports totaling $10.5 million during the same period.

January 10, 2024 by

New Tobacco Tax Rates in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has indexed excise tax rates for tobacco products for 2024. Local tobacco products were indexed by 12 percent, and imports were reduced by 5 percent. According to UZ Daily, the new excise rates on cigarettes, cigarillos, bidis and kreteks produced in the country are UZS250,700 ($20.31) per 1,000 pieces plus 10 percent.


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