Last updated: September 17, 2019


Burundi became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 20, 2006.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is banned in all indoor public places, all indoor workplaces, and on public transport. In addition, the law prohibits smoking in outdoor places where others are exposed to tobacco smoke.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

The law imposes a broad ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. There are some restrictions, however, on point of sale product display. Although publicity of sponsorship by the tobacco industry is prohibited, financial or other sponsorship by the tobacco industry has some restrictions.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

Tobacco products must carry a combined text and picture warning that occupies no less than 50 percent of the front and back of the package. The rotation requirements are to be determined by order of the Minister of Public Health. As of the date of this review, the Minister of Public Health has not yet issued the orders. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as "light," "ultra light," or "mild" and other signs, are prohibited.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

The law does not grant the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes. The law requires that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities and the public information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machines and the internet; and in educational facilities, healthcare institutions, stadiums, and public, semi-public and private office buildings. There are no restrictions on the sale of single cigarettes or small packets of cigarettes. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Law No. 1/012 of May 30, 2018 on the Code of the Supply of Health Care and Services is the primary sources of legislation governing smoke free places; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and packaging and labeling.

Review Status

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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