Global Epidemic

Poland

Consumption

  • Approximately a third (30 percent) of the population in Poland smokes tobacco, with an estimated 37 percent of men and 24 percent of women who smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), nearly 19 percent smoke cigarettes, and 7 percent use tobacco products other than cigarettes.

Health Consequences

  • Smoking kills approximately 75,000 people a year in Poland.
  • In 2000, 38 percent of male deaths occurring between the ages of 35-69 were attributed to smoking.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 90 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 87 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Tobacco Industry

International tobacco companies dominate Poland’s cigarette market, holding almost 99 percent of the market share. In 2008, Philip Morris International held 38 percent of market share, followed by British American Tobacco (33 percent), Imperial Tobacco Group (23 percent) and Japan Tobacco (5 percent). In Poland, more than 63 million cigarettes were sold in 2008. Poland is a growing source of illicit cigarettes for other European Union countries.

FCTC Status

Poland ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 15, 2006.

Tobacco Policy Status Update

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

Updated: April 2014