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Last updated: May 15th 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.

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Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law restricts vending machine sales in a manner that makes such sales inaccessible to minors and does not promote sales to minors. Specifically, the law prohibits tobacco vending machines except in places where “the public does not reasonably have access” and bars, taverns, or beverage rooms with a prescribed security mechanism. Thus, the regulatory status is “Some Restrictions.”

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that it prohibits vending machine sales to minors. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

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Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products through the internet.

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

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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
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in educational institutions, including primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools.

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Playgrounds

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "a facility with a significant portion of youth clientele, including amusement parks, movie theatres and sports stadiums." This is interpreted to include playgrounds. Therefore, the law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in playgrounds.

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Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in sports stadiums.

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Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in health institutions, including hospitals, pharmacies, and health clinics.

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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.

Movie theaters

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in movie theaters.

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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.

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Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products (other than cigarettes) "except in a package that contains quantities or number of units prescribed by regulation." Regulations prescribing the minimum weight per unit of smokeless tobacco products have not yet been issued. Therefore, the law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.

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Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Analysis

The law establishes a Tobacco Products Licensing Board that has the power to consider applications for the manufacture, import, export, sale, and distribution of tobacco products and grant, renew or revoke tobacco and tobacco product licenses. While the law does not explicitly require tobacco retailers to apply for a license, this is implied by Section 4 of the Tobacco Products Control Act. In practice, the law requires retail traders in tobacco products to obtain a license to sell tobacco products. 

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products. 

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