LANGUAGE
Last updated: March 6th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of single cigarette sticks; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of single cigarette sticks.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Uncertain
Analysis

Article 51 of Law No. 18-11 provides that “[a]ny form of promotion, sponsorship and advertising for tobacco products shall be prohibited.” There is no further legislation providing details regarding this prohibition, and “tobacco advertising and promotion” is not defined. The regulatory status code “Uncertain” has been given for this category as it is unclear whether the law prohibits tobacco advertising and promotion via vending machines.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should make clear that tobacco advertising and promotion via vending machines is prohibited. The law further should define the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c).

Law Source, Section

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Uncertain
Analysis

Article 51 of Law No. 18-11 provides that “[a]ny form of promotion, sponsorship and advertising for tobacco products shall be prohibited.” There is no further legislation providing details regarding this prohibition, and “tobacco advertising and promotion” is not defined. The regulatory status code “Uncertain” has been given for this category as it is unclear whether the law prohibits tobacco advertising and promotion via internet tobacco products sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should make clear that tobacco advertising and promotion via internet tobacco products sales is prohibited. The law further should define the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c).

Law Source, Section

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of smokeless tobacco products; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of waterpipe tobacco; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of waterpipe tobacco.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products on playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of small packets of cigarettes which increase the affordability to minors.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Analysis

An administrative order issued by the Ministry of Finance requires tobacco retailers to obtain approval to sell tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.

Law Source, Section
Ministry of Finance Administrative Order Setting the Conditions for the Approval of Tobacco Retailers