Last updated: March 6th 2020


Algeria became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 28, 2006.

Smoke Free Places

The law prohibits smoking in educational, health, athletic, and cultural facilities.  Smoking is restricted in parts of workplaces intended for groups of workers, and designated smoking areas are permitted.  In other parts of workplaces, smoking is allowed.  In public transport, smoking is restricted and designated smoking areas are permitted.  With respect to outdoor places, the law prohibits smoking in the uncovered places frequented by students in educational facilities. 

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

The law prohibits the advertising of tobacco products.  There is no further legislation, however, providing details regarding this prohibition, and the terms “tobacco advertising and promotion” and “tobacco sponsorship” are not defined.  Accordingly, it is difficult to determine the exact scope of the ban.  The law is interpreted as prohibiting tobacco advertising through traditional advertising means (e.g., domestic radio, television, newspapers, billboards); however, the regulatory status of other means is uncertain.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

Cigarette packs must display a general textual health warning on the lateral portion of the pack and one of five textual warnings on 15 percent of each large surface on an alternating basis.  The law however does not specify how the warnings shall alternate.  Snuff and chewing tobacco must display only the general textual warning. 

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

The law grants the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes; however, no subsequent regulations have been issued. The law requires that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the sale of single cigarette sticks, small packets of cigarettes, or based on location. It is uncertain whether the sale of tobacco products via the internet or vending machine is prohibited. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Enacted in 1985, Law No. 85-05 generally prohibits smoking in public places and provides for subsequent regulations regarding smoke free places and detailing implementation. Law No. 85-05 also generally prohibits the advertising of tobacco products, but no further legislation provides details regarding this prohibition.  In 2001, Executive Decree 01-285 was enacted and provides more details on smoke free places.  Various ministries subsequently issued further instructions or orders regarding smoke free policies in areas under their jurisdiction.  Additional executive decrees were enacted in 2001 regarding the manufacture, distribution, and import of tobacco products, but Executive Decree No. 04-331 enacted in 2004 supersedes these laws and, among other things, establishes textual warnings on tobacco product packages.


Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.