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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Penalties

Violator
Enforcement Agency
Sanction(s)
 

Manufacturer

National Multi-Sectoral Committee for Tobacco Control; Minister of Public Health
Fine, Jail
Analysis

Anyone who supplies or distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that exhibits a prohibited descriptive term is subject to 6 months – 3 years in prison, and/or a fine of 1,000,000-10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any manufacturer or importer of tobacco products who fails to provide government authorities with the required information, or knowingly provides them with false or misleading information is subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 1,000,000 – 10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any person who provides or distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that does not display the required content information or health warning will be subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 500,000-1,000,000 Burundian francs.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that it provides for a range of fines, with higher fines for repeat offenses. However, the law could more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines if it provided for a range of penalties, including license suspension and revocation.

Importer

National Multi-Sectoral Committee for Tobacco Control; Minister of Public Health
Fine, Jail
Analysis

Anyone who distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that exhibits a prohibited descriptive term is subject to 6 months – 3 years in prison and/or a fine of 1,000,000-10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any manufacturer or importer of tobacco products who fails to provide government authorities with the required information, or knowingly provides them with false or misleading information is subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 1,000,000 – 10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any person who provides or distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that does not display the required content information or health warning will be subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 500,000-1,000,000 Burundian francs.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that it provides for a range of fines, with higher fines for repeat offenses. However, the law could more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines if it provided for a range of penalties, including license suspension and revocation.

Wholesaler

National Multi-Sectoral Committee for Tobacco Control; Minister of Public Health
Fine, Jail
Analysis

Anyone who distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that exhibits a prohibited descriptive term is subject to 6 months – 3 years in prison and/or a fine of 1,000,000-10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any person who provides or distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that does not display the required content information or health warning will be subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 500,000-1,000,000 Burundian francs.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that it provides for a range of fines, with higher fines for repeat offenses. However, the law could more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines if it provided for a range of penalties, including license suspension and revocation.

Retailer

National Multi-Sectoral Committee for Tobacco Control; Minister of Public Health
Fine, Jail
Analysis

Anyone who distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that exhibits a prohibited descriptive term is subject to 6 months – 3 years in prison and/or a fine of 1,000,000-10,000,000 Burundian francs.

Any person who provides or distributes tobacco products intended for sale in a package that does not display the required content information or health warning will be subject to 1-3 years in prison and/or a fine of 500,000-1,000,000 Burundian francs.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines in that it provides for a range of fines, with higher fines for repeat offenses. However, the law could more fully align with FCTC Art. 11 and the FCTC Art. 11 Guidelines if it provided for a range of penalties, including license suspension and revocation.