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Last updated: July 21st 2015

Introduction

Suriname became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 16, 2009.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is banned in all indoor public places and workplaces and on all public transport. Smoking is also prohibited on the outdoor grounds of educational and childcare facilities. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: All tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is banned under the law.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The law requires six warnings to be printed on at least 50 percent of the front and back of tobacco product packages. The warnings are required to be changed after 18 months. Although the packaging and labeling requirements apply to all tobacco products, the regulations only prescribe warning requirements for cigarettes. Misleading packaging and labeling, including the use of graphical indications, descriptions, and other signs, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Two pieces of legislation govern tobacco control in Suriname: the Law of February 20, 2013, Containing Rules for Limiting the Use of Tobacco and Tobacco Products (Tobacco Law) and the Decision of the Minister of Health of December 9, 2013 No. 4061/13, on detailed rules on the packaging and labeling of cigarettes.

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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

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