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Term --FCTC-Based Definition Cameroon
Workplace View Definition

An area, permanent or temporary, in which a person performs duties of employment or work, regardless of whether the work is done for compensation or on a voluntary basis, and includes private offices, common areas and any other area which generally is used or frequented during the course of employment or work. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 20)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

Undefined key terms or ambiguous definitions can undermine the application of other substantive provisions of a law. For example, if it is not clear what is considered a “workplace” and this may impair the ability of the law to fulfill FCTC Art. 8 requirements. A definition of "workplace" or similar terms should be provided in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public Transport View Definition

Any vehicle used for the carriage of members of the public, usually for reward or commercial gain. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 22)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The term “public transport” is not defined in any of the circulars regulating smoking restrictions. Moreover, none of the circulars addresses smoking on public transport, and therefore a definition is not needed to interpret the law. However, to align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should provide a definition of “public transport” in accordance with the definition contained in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and should also prohibit smoking on all forms of public transport.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Second Hand Smoke (or similar term) View Definition

The smoke emitted from the burning end of a cigarette or from other tobacco products usually in combination with the smoke exhaled by the smoker. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 15)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of "second hand smoke." Although this term is not defined, a definition is not strictly necessary because the term is not used in the law. The law provides that "smoking is prohibited in" specified places, rather than, for example, "no person shall be exposed to second hand smoke" in specified places.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Smoking or Smoke View Definition

Being in possession or control of a lit tobacco product regardless of whether the smoke is being actively inhaled or exhaled. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 17)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The law does not contain a definition of "smoking" or “smoke.” Although this term is not defined, a definition is not strictly necessary because the term is not used in the law. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, a definition of “smoking” or “smoke” should be provided in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public Place View Definition

An area, permanent or temporary, that is accessible to the general public or for collective use by the general public regardless of ownership or right of access. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 18)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The term “public place” is not defined in any of the circulars regulating smoking restrictions in public places. Moreover, none of the circulars addresses smoking in public places, and therefore a definition is not needed to interpret the law. However, to align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should provide a definition of “public place” in accordance with the definition contained in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and should also prohibit smoking in all public places and workplaces.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Tobacco Product View Definition

Any product entirely or partly made of the leaf tobacco as a raw material which is manufactured to be used for smoking, sucking, chewing, or snuffing. (FCTC Art. 1(f))

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The lack of definition of “tobacco product” could hinder enforcement of smoking restrictions in public places. Therefore, a definition of “tobacco product” should be provided in accordance with the definition provided in FCTC Art. 1.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Indoor or Enclosed View Definition

Any space covered by a roof or enclosed by one or more walls or sides, regardless of the type of material used for the roof, walls or sides, and regardless of whether the structure is permanent or temporary. (FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 19)

Not Defined
No
Analysis

The terms “indoor” and “enclosed” are not defined in any of the circulars regulating smoking restrictions in public places. Moreover, none of the circulars addresses smoking in indoor or enclosed places, and therefore a definition is not needed to interpret the law. However, to align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should provide a definition of “indoor” or “enclosed” in accordance with the definition contained in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and should also prohibit smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cameroon
All indoor workplaces
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in schools, public universities and in all ministry structures.

The law does not provide for 100% smoke free indoor workplaces. Therefore, the law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and accordingly, does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all parts of all indoor workplaces to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All indoor public places
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in schools, public universities and in all ministry structures.

The law does not provide for 100% smoke free indoor public places. Therefore, the law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines and accordingly, does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all parts of all indoor public places to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All public transport
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in any form of public transport. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not require a 100% smoke free public transport and therefore does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all public transport to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Government facilities
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

Law No. 7/788/CF /L/MINEFI/DRH/SDP/SP prohibits smoking in all Ministry buildings. This is interpreted as including many government facilities, but not all government facilities. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, smoking should be prohibited in all government facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hospitals
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law restricts smoking in publicly run hospitals. There is no prohibition against smoking in private hospitals. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including hospitals.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Residential healthcare facilities - public areas
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law restricts smoking in publicly run residential healthcare facilities. There is no prohibition against smoking in privately run residential healthcare facilities. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including public areas of residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Non-residential healthcare facilities
Smoking is Restricted
“Smoking is Restricted”: Smoking is restricted in some way in the specified place or category of places. Restrictions could take one of the following forms: (1) smoking is restricted , under the national law, to “smoking rooms”, “smoking areas”, and/or during specified times in the specified place or category of places; (2) under the national law(s), smoking is restricted or prohibited in some types of places, within the category but not in all types of places within the category; or (3) where a country regulates public smoking primarily at the sub-national level, smoking is restricted or prohibited in the specified place or category of places in some sub-national jurisdictions but not in other sub-national jurisdictions.
Analysis

The law restricts smoking in publicly run non-residential healthcare facilities. However, there is no prohibition against smoking in privately run non-residential healthcare facilities. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including non-residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Childcare facilities/preschools
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in childcare facilities. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including childcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Primary and secondary schools
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

CIRCULAR-LETTER No. 19/07 MINESEC/SG/DRH/SDSSAPPS prohibits smoking in schools and educational institutions. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in primary and secondary schools. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to primary and secondary schools.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Universities/vocational facilities
100% Smoke Free
“100% Smoke Free”: 100% smoke free environment throughtout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

CIRCULAR No. 0001/MINESUP /SG/ DPDSU prohibits smoking in universities and places of higher education. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in universities and vocational facilities. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to universities and vocational facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Shops
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in shops. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including shops.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cultural facilities
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in cultural facilities. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including cultural facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Indoor stadium/arenas
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in indoor stadiums and arenas. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including indoor stadiums and arenas.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Restaurants
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in restaurants. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including restaurants.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Bars/pubs/nightclubs
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in bars, pubs and nightclubs. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Casinos
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in casinos. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including casinos, if they exist in Cameroon.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodging - public areas
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in the public areas of hotels. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including public areas of hotels/lodging.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in guest rooms of hotels. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including guest rooms of hotels/lodging.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Prisons/detention facilities - public areas
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in prisons. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including public areas of prisons.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in any form of public transport, including trains, buses and other ground transportation. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not require a 100% smoke free public transport and therefore does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all public transport to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Taxis (for-hire vehicle)
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in any form of public transport, including taxis. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not require a 100% smoke free public transport and therefore does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all public transport to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial aircraft
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in any form of public transport, including commercial aircraft. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not require a 100% smoke free public transport and therefore does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all public transport to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial watercraft
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in any form of public transport, including commercial watercraft. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines because it does not require a 100% smoke free public transport and therefore does not provide effective or universal protection against tobacco smoke exposure. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require all public transport to be 100% smoke free.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)
Smoking is Not Restricted
“Smoking is Not Restricted”: Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law does not restrict smoking in public transport facilities. The law does not align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should mandate that all indoor public places and workplaces be 100% smoke free without exception, including public transport facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cameroon
Does the law require any outdoor or quasi-outdoor spaces to be smoke free or restrict smoking in any way?
No
No
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cameroon
Post signs
No
No
Analysis

Schools, universities and Ministry buildings are required to ensure compliance with provisions of the smoke free circulars. Additionally, schools must have no-smoking signs posted. However, the law does not specifically require anyone to post signs. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require business owners and managers to post “No Smoking” signs.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Remove ashtrays
No
No
Analysis

There is no duty imposed on owners, employers, or supervisors to remove ashtrays. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should require business owners, employers, and supervisors to remove ashtrays in all indoor public places, workplaces and public transport.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Steps to require a person to stop smoking (e.g., warn, discontinue service, call authorities)
No
No
Analysis

The law does not require a business owner, employer, or supervisor to take steps to require a person to stop smoking. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should impose a duty on a business owner, employer, or supervisor to take such steps.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not to smoke where prohibited
No
No
Analysis

The law does not impose a duty upon smokers not to smoke where prohibited. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should impose a duty on smokers not to smoke where prohibited.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Other
No
No
Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cameroon
Are sub-national jurisdictions permitted to have smoke-free laws?
Yes
Yes
Not Applicable
Not Applicable