Last updated: September 17th 2019


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

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 healthcare, 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 percent 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. Two decrees were issued in 2018 - Decree No. 2018-216 Concerning the Prohibition of Smoking in Places used by the Public, and Decree No. 2018-217 Concerning the Packaging and Labeling of Tobacco and its Derivative Products. An updated legal analysis incorporating these two decrees will be available soon.

Review Status

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