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Last updated: March 26th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of single cigarette sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the use of vending machines that dispense tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16 with respect to vending machine sales.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The Tobacco Control Law prohibits “sales to consumers through telephonic, digital, electronic, postal or other means through which it is not possible to ascertain clearly and in a timely fashion the identification of the buyer.” The Tobacco Control Regulations contain a similar provision that specifically adds “internet” to the list of means of sales prohibited. Therefore, internet tobacco product sales are banned.

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

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

Schools/educational facilities

Banned

Playgrounds

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in public places where recreational activities of any kind are conducted and recreational or amusement centers for minors. This is interpreted as prohibiting the sale of tobacco products on playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas, including sports facilities and recreational centers.

Healthcare facilities

Banned

Cultural facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities, including lecture halls, exhibits, libraries, conference rooms, auditoriums and museums.

Government buildings (not including correctional institutions)

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in all government buildings, including public institutions, public administration facilities, and social service buildings (not including correctional institutions).

Recreational or amusement centers for minors

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in recreational or leisure centers for minors.

Smoke-free places

Banned
Analysis

The Tobacco Control Law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in places where smoking is prohibited.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in packages of fewer than 20 sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.

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 does not require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products.

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