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Last updated: February 13th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law states that tobacco products may only be sold in intact packages containing 20 sticks. Therefore, the sale of single cigarettes is prohibited.

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

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address the sale of tobacco products via vending machine. Therefore the law is interpreted as allowing vending machine sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should make clear that tobacco advertising and promotion via vending machines is prohibited.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco through any means where the buyer and seller are not physically in the same place, including sale through the internet.

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 sale of smokeless tobacco products is allowed.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the manufacture, import, storage, wholesale, distribution, sale, and offer for sale of any shisha product. In addition, the law prohibits any trade activity that is intended to provide a place for smoking shisha.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within 100 meters of schools.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within 100 meters of health institutions.

Cultural facilities

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within 100 meters of youth centers. The sale is not restricted in other cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law states that tobacco products may only be sold in intact packages containing 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 states that tobacco products may only be sold in intact packages “consisting of the specified weight as prescribed by the executive organ.” However, a weight has not been specified.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

Proclamation No. 1112/2019 prohibits the manufacture, import, wholesale, and distribution of tobacco products without a “special license” issued by the Ethiopian Food, Medicine and Health Care Administration and Control Authority. Notably, however, retail sale is not included. Thus, no specific license is required for the retail sale of tobacco products at the national level.

Regional authorities may require a specific license for retail sale.

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