Global Epidemic



  • In Pakistan, 19 percent of adults (age 18+) smoke tobacco.
  • Almost one-third (32 percent) of men and 6 percent of women smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15) in Islamabad, 1 percent smoke cigarettes (boys 2 percent; girls 0.6 percent) and 9.5 percent use tobacco products other than cigarettes (boys 11 percent; girls 7 percent).
  • Common forms of tobacco used include cigarettes, hookah and smokeless products such as paan, ghutka and naswar.

Health Consequences

  • Each year, approximately 110,000 people die from tobacco-related diseases in Pakistan.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 34 percent report being exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 27 percent report exposure at home.

Tobacco Industry

Pakistan Tobacco Co Ltd, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco, held 51 percent of the cigarette market in 2008 and Lakson Tobacco Co Ltd, fully owned by Philip Morris International, held about 40 percent of the market. In Pakistan, more than 76 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.

FCTC Status

Pakistan ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 3, 2004.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For the latest data regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Pakistan Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: April 2014