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Last updated: March 26th 2018

Introduction

Congo became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 7, 2007.

Review Status

Smoke Free Places: The consumption of all forms of tobacco is generally prohibited in “places subject to public use” without exception and with places of health care, education, and work, as well as correctional and psychiatric institutions and means of public transportation specifically identified.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of direct advertising are prohibited, including domestic TV, radio, print media, and outdoor advertising. However, few restrictions are placed on point of sale advertising and promotion, and the scope of the general prohibition on tobacco advertising and promotion is not entirely clear. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship, and the regulatory status of publicity of such sponsorship is unclear under the law.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: All forms of tobacco product packaging and exterior labeling must have “markings and images describing the harmful effects of tobacco, and health warnings such as: ‘Seriously harmful to your health,’ on at least 30% of the surface of the pack or carton of cigarettes." The law does not specify message location or format, the number or rotation of messages, or how often messages must be updated. It is also unclear whether these requirements apply to both smoked and smokeless tobacco products.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Law No. 12 – 2012 of July 4, 2012 is the primary piece of tobacco control legislation. There have been no amendments or regulations issued as of the date of this review.