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Last updated: December 8th 2016


Burkina Faso became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on October 29, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in all virtually all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on all means of public transportation.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited. Tobacco advertising and promotion through posters within the point of sale are permitted, as long as such materials are not visible from outside the point of sale. Further, the legislation gives the Minister of Health authority to prescribe exceptions with regard to many forms of tobacco advertising and promotion. To our knowledge, no such regulations have been issued as of the date of this review. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: All tobacco product packaging must display health warnings covering at least 60 percent of the main surfaces of the package. An Administrative Order, coming into effect in April 2016, sets the implementing details for the health warnings including requiring two picture and text health warnings to be displayed over 24 months (one per year). Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Burkina Faso enacted strong tobacco control legislation through Law No. 040-2010/Concerning the Campaign Against Tobacco (as promulgated by Decree No. 2010-823), which went into effect on November 25, 2011. Three subsequent decrees, which all went into effect on December 30, 2011, implemented the requirements of law relating to smoke free places, tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and partially the packaging and labeling of tobacco products, among other requirements. Joint Administrative Order No. 2015-366/MS/MICA provides the implementing details for the health warnings on tobacco packaging and the ban on misleading packaging and labeling. In addition to the primary tobacco control law, Raabo No. AN-V-0081 and Law No. 25-2001 Concerning the Code of Advertising regulate tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.

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