LANGUAGE
Last updated: September 17th 2019

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

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products by vending machines; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting tobacco product sales through vending machines.

To align with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors. Because it is difficult to verify the age of the recipient of tobacco product sales via internet, the law is interpreted as prohibiting tobacco sales via internet. In addition, the law prohibits any kind of tobacco advertising and publicity. Because tobacco product sales via the internet inherently involve tobacco advertising and promotion, internet sales may be prohibited under the general ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. The law also prohibits the sale of tobacco products outside of placed defined by a joint order of the Ministers of Public Health and Commerce; however, no such order has been issued yet.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet sales of tobacco products.

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

Office Buildings

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within public, semi-public or private office buildings.

Law Source, Section

Schools/educational facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco inside of, and within a 300 meter radius of, educational and vocational institutions, whether public or private.

Law Source, Section

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within athletic facilities.

Law Source, Section

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco inside of, and within a 300 meter radius of, health care institutions.

Law Source, Section

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities; 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

No
Analysis

The law states that points of sale shall be defined by a joint administrative order of the Ministries of Public Health and Commerce. This order could potentially require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products. However, this joint order to date has not been issued. Therefore, a retail license is not required.

To align with FCTC Art. 15, the law should require all retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.

Law Source, Section