Last updated: September 20th 2017


Ethiopia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 23, 2014.

Smoke Free Places: Designated smoking areas are allowed in all indoor workplaces and public places except in government offices, education facilities, healthcare service facilities, and in places that provide services to children or youth under 18 years old. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas of educational institutions and any other place that serves children. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Virtually all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited, although it is unclear whether the display of tobacco products at points of sale is banned. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Seven text-only health warnings must be displayed on at least 30 percent of principal surfaces of all outside packaging and labeling and be rotated every twelve months. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Proclamation 661/2009 gives the Ethiopian Food, Medicine and Healthcare Administration and Control Authority (FMHACA) the authority to regulate tobacco products and Proclamation 822/2014 authorizes FMHACA to take all acts necessary for the implementation of the FCTC. Further, Regulation 299/2013, which was issued by the Council of Ministers pursuant to Proclamation 661/2009, places licensing requirements on sellers, prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors, requires 30 percent text and/or picture warnings on packs, and restricts smoking in certain indoor places. Finally, the 2015 Tobacco Control Directive issued by FMHACA governs, among other things, smoking restrictions, tobacco advertising, tobacco packaging and labeling, and product regulation.

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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.