Fiji became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.
Smoke Free Places
Smoking is banned in many indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on motorized means of public transport. Designated smoking rooms are allowed in bars, pubs, and nightclubs, airport terminals, and private offices.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
The law prohibits most direct and indirect forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, including advertising at point of sale. However, other forms are restricted but not prohibited, including point of sale display, and international TV, radio, and print media. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
Rotating health warnings, comprised of pictures and text, are required to be displayed on at least 30 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of packages for cigarettes. The health warnings displayed on the back of packages differ in size depending upon the tobacco product. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.
Cigarette Contents and Disclosures
The law does not grant the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes. The law does not require that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machines, single cigarettes, small packets of cigarettes, and smokeless tobacco products. However, there are no restrictions on the sale of tobacco products based on location or via the internet. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.
The retail sale of e-cigarettes is allowed. The law prohibits the use of e-cigarettes in the same places where smoking is prohibited, which includes many, but not all, indoor public places, workplaces, and motorized means of public transport. The law prohibits most forms of direct and indirect e-cigarette advertising and promotion. As with tobacco products, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited, although the underlying contribution is allowed. There are no required health warnings for e-cigarette packaging.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 and the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012 are the primary sources of legislation governing smoke free places; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and packaging and labeling. The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 repeals the Tobacco Control Act of 1998 and portions of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2000, while the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012 repeal the remainder of the 2000 regulations.
The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 has been amended three times – in 2012, 2014, and by the Revised Edition of the Laws (Consequential Amendments) 2016 (amending penalties).
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.