Tobacco Consumption

  • 15.2% of all adults (age 18+) in Brazil use some form of tobacco (male 19.2%; female 11.2%).1
  • Among youth (students in the 9th year of school), 7.6% use tobacco (boys 7.9%; girls 7.3%).2
  • There are an estimated 21.9 million tobacco users in Brazil.1

Secondhand Smoke Exposure

  • 13.5% of adults (18+) are exposed to secondhand smoke at the workplace and 10.5% are exposed to secondhand smoke at home1
  • 68.6% of youth (students in the 9th year of school) are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places and 54.7% of youth are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.2

Health Consequences

  • Smoking kills an estimated 156,000 people each year in Brazil, 12.6% of all deaths in Brazil.3
  • Over 1.1 million Brazilians become sick each year due to causes attributable to tobacco, including heart disease, COPD, pneumonia, stroke, and cancers.3
  • On average, Brazilian male smokers lose about 6 years of life due to smoking, and female smokers lost almost 7 years.3

Tobacco Industry

British American Tobacco dominates the Brazilian cigarette market with 71% of the cigarette market volume, followed by Philip Morris International with almost 20% of the market volume. In 2016, over 54 billion cigarettes were sold in Brazil.4

FCTC Status

Brazil ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on November 3, 2005. The treaty went into effect on February 1, 2006.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For a summary of measures on smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Brazil Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet. For more information visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.

1 Instituto Brasilero de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde 2013. Rio de Janeiro: IBGE; 2014. Available from:
2 Instituto Nacional de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE). Pesquisa Nacional de Saúde do Escolar 2012.
3 Pinto M et al. Carga de doenca atribuível ao uso do tabaco no Brasil e potencial impacto do aumento de preços por meio de impostos. Documento técnico IECS N° 21. Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina. May 2017. Available at
4 Euromonitor International, 2017.

Last updated Aug. 30, 2017