Global Epidemic


  • In Brazil, approximately 17 percent of adults smoke.
  • One-fifth of men (22 percent) and 13 percent of women smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15) in Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city in Brazil, 12 percent currently smoke cigarettes, including 9 percent of boys and 13 percent of girls.
Health Consequences
  • Smoking kills at least 137,000 people annually in Brazil.
  • One quarter (24 percent) of adults report exposure to tobacco smoke in the workplace.
  • Among youth (age 13-15) in Rio de Janeiro, one-half are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and more than one-third (35 percent) are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco dominates the Brazilian cigarette market with 86 percent of the cigarette market, followed by Philip Morris International with almost 10 percent of the market. In 2008, over 90 billion cigarettes were sold in Brazil. Illicit trade is a major problem and accounted for approximately 28 percent of total sales (legal and illegal) in 2008, equivalent to nearly 36 billion cigarettes.

Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) Status

Brazil ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 3, 2005.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

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

Updated: April 2014