Last updated: September 17th 2019


Benin became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 1, 2006.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is prohibited in many indoor workplaces and public places but is permitted in designated smoking areas in certain places, including airports, hotels, restaurants, and bars. In preschools, primary schools, and secondary schools, smoking is prohibited in both indoor and outdoor areas. Smoking is prohibited on all means of public transport.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

Most forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are permitted, subject to some restrictions. The law prohibits all promotion of tobacco products among people under 18 years of age, although generally allows promotion to adult audiences. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

One text-only health warning must cover at least 30 percent of the front and back of tobacco product packaging.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Law No. 2006-12 of August 7, 2006 is the primary law governing tobacco control in Benin. It regulates, among other things: restrictions on smoking in public places; packaging and labeling; and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Decree No. 2009-702 provides implementing details on packaging and labeling and identifies several agencies responsible for enforcement. Interministerial Administrative Order No. 20, dated May 24, 2011, provides further implementing details on restrictions on smoking and establishes associated duties.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.