Last updated: September 17, 2019


Cabo Verde became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 2, 2006.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is restricted to designated smoking areas in certain enumerated public places, including healthcare facilities, educational facilities, places for use by minors, entertainment halls, covered sports halls, and "places for public assembly." Public transportation is smoke free except for outdoor areas of commercial watercraft.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and sponsorship. However, some promotional activity may escape the ban due to the definition of advertising. Point of sale product display is allowed.  Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not completely prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

Cigarette packaging must contain "messages which alert the consumer to the harmful effects of tobacco." The law does not specify the size, content, or locations of the messages, or whether rotation is required.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

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

Sales Restrictions

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products via vending machines or the internet. There are no restrictions on the sale of single cigarettes or small packets of cigarettes. The law does not specify a minimum age for the purchase of tobacco products. However, children under 16 years old may not have access to designated smoking areas.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Law No. 119/IV/95 is the primary piece of legislation governing tobacco control and regulates smoking in public places, tobacco advertising and promotion, and tobacco packing and labeling. The Advertising Code regulates advertising generally, including restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

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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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