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Term --FCTC-Based Definition Mauritania
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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “work place” aligns with the definition of “workplace” provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. However, the definition could be strengthened by specifying that it includes both temporary and permanent areas.

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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “public transportation” aligns with the main concepts provided in the definition of “public transport” in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines by including any vehicles used to carry people. However, the law could be strengthened by using the definition contained in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines to ensure comprehensive coverage and interpretation of the law.

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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “second-hand smoke” aligns with the definition of “second hand smoke” in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “smoking” aligns with the definition of “smoking” 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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “public place” does not align with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines. It should specify that public places may be “permanent or temporary” and apply to places used by the public “regardless of ownership or right of access.” To fully align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law should contain a definition of “public place” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

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))

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition aligns with the definition of “tobacco product” in FCTC Art. 1(f).

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)

Defined
Yes
Analysis

The law’s definition of “‘enclosed’ or ‘indoor’ places” aligns with the definition of “enclosed” in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Mauritania
All indoor workplaces
Uncertain
“Uncertain”: The smoke free status of the place is uncertain due to lack of clarity in the law or inability to obtain all relevant laws.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, but it does not explicitly prohibit smoking in workplaces despite providing a definition for the term and including workplaces in the title of Art. 38. Thus, the regulatory status code “Uncertain” is given. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law or forthcoming administrative order implementing the law should clearly prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All indoor public places
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception. Thus, the law aligns with the FCTC Art. 8 and FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to indoor public places.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
All public transport
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public transportation vehicles without exception. Thus, the law aligns with the FCTC Art. 8 and FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public transport.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Government 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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include government facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to government facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Private offices
Uncertain
“Uncertain”: The smoke free status of the place is uncertain due to lack of clarity in the law or inability to obtain all relevant laws.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, but it does not explicitly prohibit smoking in workplaces despite providing a definition for the term and including workplaces in the title of Art. 38. Thus, it is not clear whether smoking is prohibited in private offices, and the regulatory status code “Uncertain” is given. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law or forthcoming administrative order implementing the law should clearly prohibit smoking in all indoor workplaces, including private offices.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hospitals
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include hospitals. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to hospitals.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Residential healthcare facilities - public areas
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include public areas of residential healthcare facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public areas of residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Non-residential healthcare 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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include non-residential healthcare facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to non-residential healthcare facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Childcare facilities/preschools
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include childcare facilities and preschools. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to childcare facilities and preschools.

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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include primary and secondary schools. Thus, 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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include universities and vocational facilities. Thus, 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
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include shops. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to shops.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Cultural 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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include cultural facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to cultural facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Indoor stadium/arenas
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include indoor stadiums/arenas. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to indoor stadiums/arenas.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Restaurants
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include restaurants. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to restaurants.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Bars/pubs/nightclubs
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Casinos
N/A
Not Applicable
Analysis

As of the date of this review, it is our understanding that gambling is illegal in Mauritania and, therefore, there are no casinos.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodging - public areas
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include public areas of hotels and other lodging. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public areas of hotels and other lodging.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms
Uncertain
“Uncertain”: The smoke free status of the place is uncertain due to lack of clarity in the law or inability to obtain all relevant laws.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which could include hotel/lodging guest rooms. However, because guest rooms are not specifically addressed, the regulatory status code is “Uncertain” is given. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law or forthcoming administrative order implementing the law should clearly prohibit smoking in hotel/lodging guest rooms.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Prisons/detention facilities - public areas
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include public areas of prisons and detention facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public areas of prisons and detention facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public transportation vehicles without exception. Therefore, smoking is prohibited on trains, buses, and other shared ground transportation. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to smoking in trains, buses, and other shared ground transportation.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Taxis (for-hire vehicle)
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public transportation vehicles without exception. Therefore, smoking is prohibited in taxis. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to smoking in taxis.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial aircraft
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public transportation vehicles without exception. Therefore, smoking is prohibited on commercial aircraft. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to smoking in commercial aircraft.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Commercial watercraft
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public transportation vehicles without exception. Therefore, smoking is prohibited on commercial watercraft. The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to smoking in commercial watercraft.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)
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

The law prohibits smoking in all public places without exception, which is interpreted to include public transport facilities. Thus, the law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines with respect to public transport facilities.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Mauritania
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
Mauritania
Post signs
Yes
Yes
Analysis

The law requires all managers of public places and public transportation to prominently post about the smoking prohibition. First-time violations are subject to a fine of 500 Ougiya with the fine doubling for repeat offenses. Publication of convicted violators is also permitted.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in that it requires the posting of signs and increased fines for repeat offenses.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Remove ashtrays
No
No
Analysis

The law imposes no duty upon business owners, employers, or supervisors to remove ashtrays. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law or forthcoming administrative order implementing the law should impose such a duty and impose penalties for violations of that duty.

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

The law imposes no duty upon business owners, employers, or supervisors to take steps to require a person to stop smoking in violation of the law. To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the law or forthcoming administrative order implementing the law should impose such a duty and impose penalties for violations of that duty.

Not Applicable
Not Applicable
Not to smoke where prohibited
Yes
Yes
Analysis

The law imposes a fine of 500 Ouguiya for those in violation of the smoking prohibition in public places and public transportation vehicles, with the fine doubling for repeat offenses. Publication of convicted violators is also permitted.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in that it provides for increased fines for repeat offenses.

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