Last updated: November 10, 2021
Benin became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 1, 2006.
Smoke Free Places
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transport.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
The law prohibits nearly all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, including point of sale product display. The law does not appear to restrict unpaid depiction of tobacco products or use, and the status of advertising by conventional mail, phone, and direct person-to-person communications is uncertain. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
Rotating combined picture and text warnings are required to cover 75 percent of the front and back of tobacco product packaging. However, the Ministry of Health has not yet issued the required health warnings. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “mild” and other signs, is prohibited. Beginning in March 2022, picture and text health warnings will be required to cover 90 percent of the two main surfaces of tobacco product packaging.
Cigarette Contents and Disclosures
The law grants the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes; however, no subsequent regulations have been issued. The law requires that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.
The law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes, small packs of cigarettes, and tobacco products by vending machine. Tobacco sales in, and within 500 meters of, education, healthcare, athletic, cultural, and administrative facilities are prohibited. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
Law No. 2017-27 is the primary law regulating restrictions on smoking in public places; tobacco advertising, promotion, sponsoring; packaging and labeling of tobacco products; cigarette contents and disclosures; and sales restrictions on tobacco products. This law supersedes any conflicting provisions in prior laws, particularly Law No. 2006-12 and its implementing regulations.
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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