• Key Fact

    Tobacco kills up to half of its users.

  • In World

    Globally, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year.

  • In Pakistan

    About 160,100 people die annually due to tobacco use.

  • Health Cost

    Tobacco users who die prematurely deprive their families of income, raise healthcare cost & hinder development.

Fact Sheet: Pakistan

No. of tobacco users: 23.9 million

Prevalence of tobacco use in any form :

Overall - 19.1%: Men: 31.8%, Women: 5.8%

 

No. of smokers: 15.6 million

Prevalence of smoking:

Overall - 12.4%: Men: 22.2%, Women: 2.1%

 

No. of Sheesha / Hookah smokers: 3.7 million

Prevalence of Sheesha / Hookah smoking:

Overall -3.0% : Men: 4.7%, Women: 1.1%

 

No. of smokeless tobacco users : 9.6 million

Prevalence of smokeless tobacco use :

Overall -7.7%: Men: 11.4%, Women: 3.7%           

Source: Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 2015 (Age group: 15 & above)

 

Tobacco kills 160,100 Pakistanis every year (Source: The Tobacco Atlas, 6th Edition: 2018)

5000 Pakistanis are admitted to hospitals every day because of tobacco (Source: Pakistan Health Education Survey, 1999)

1200 Pakistani children between ages 6 and 15 begin smoking every day ! (Source: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2003)

39% of households are exposed daily to Secondhand tobacco smoke (Source: Pakistan Demographic & Health Survey 2012-13 for ever-married men & Women age 15-49)

2 in 5 smokers initiated cigarette smoking before the age of 10 (Source: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2013)