Global Epidemic


  • 15.2 percent of all adults (age 18+) in Brazil use some form of tobacco (male 19.2 percent; female 11.2 percent).
  • Among youth (students in the 9th year of school), 7.6 percent use tobacco (boys 7.9 percent; girls 7.3 percent).
  • There are an estimated 21.9 million tobacco users in Brazil.
Secondhand Smoke Exposure
  • 13.5 percent of adults (18+) are exposed to secondhand smoke at the workplace and 10.5 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
  • 68.6 percent of youth (students in the 9th year of school) are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 54.7 percent of youth are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
Health Consequences
  • Smoking kills an estimated 147,000 people each year in Brazil.
  • In Brazil, smoking is responsible for about 81 percent of deaths due to lung cancer, 7 percent of deaths from COPD, 21 percent of heart attack deaths, and 18 percent of deaths from stroke.
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: December 2015