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Last updated: July 27th 2015

Introduction

Kosovo is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in nearly all indoor public places and workplaces. Designated smoking rooms are permitted in certain healthcare facilities, retirement communities, prisons, and hotel rooms.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: All forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited.  Certain methods of selling tobacco are permitted despite their promotional effect, including sales over the internet or through hotel vending machines. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Kosovo requires text warnings cover 32 percent of the front and 45 percent of the back of all tobacco products. The front must have one of two general warnings, and the back must have one of eleven additional warnings. Rotation is required, but the law does not provide instructions as to the timing of the rotations. Thirty-six months following the implementation of the law, additional graphic warnings will be required on the back of the pack. The total size of the warnings will not change. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Law No. 4/L-156 is the primary tobacco control legislation, and it regulates, among other things, smoking in public places and workplaces; tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship; tobacco packaging and labeling; and tobacco industry interference. Law No. 4 abrogated the previous tobacco control law and its amendments, respectively, Law No. 02/L-36 and Law No. 3/L-157. 

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