Global Epidemic



  • In Vietnam, approximately one-fourth of the adult population smokes (24 percent).
  • Nearly half of men (47 percent) and 1.4 percent of women smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15), 3 percent currently smoke cigarettes and 1 percent use other forms of tobacco products.

Health Consequences

  • Approximately 75,000 Vietnamese die each year from smoking-related causes.
  • Among youth (13-15), 71 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 58.5 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Tobacco Industry

The Vietnam National Tobacco Corporation, a government owned tobacco company, holds almost half (44 percent) of the cigarette market share. International tobacco companies hold over 37 percent of the cigarette market share in Vietnam. In 2008, British American Tobacco led with 28 percent of market share, followed by Imperial Tobacco (8 percent), Philip Morris International (1.5 percent), and Japan Tobacco (0.4 percent). In Vietnam, more than 81 billion cigarettes were sold in 2008.

FCTC Status

Vietnam ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 17, 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 Vietnam Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: April 2014