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Last updated: January 14th 2021

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act prohibits the sale of a unit package of cigarettes "unless the packet is intact and contains 20 sticks of cigarettes." This requirement that the packet be "intact" is interpreted as prohibiting the sale of single cigarettes.


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

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits vending machine sales of tobacco products.

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

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Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

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

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Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale or offer for sale of a smokeless tobacco product.

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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 institutional of all levels and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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Sec. 16(1), Third Schedule

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

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Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "sports arenas and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "hospitals, clinics and other health institutions and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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Cultural facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "cinemas and theatrical performance halls and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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Childcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "premises in which children are cared for and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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Public places of worship

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public places of worship and within one hundred  meters from those premises."

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Prisons

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in prisons.

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Police stations

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in police stations.

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Public service vehicles and other means of public transport

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public service vehicles and other means of public transport."

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Public transport terminals

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public transport terminals, including airports and airfields and within one hundred meters from those premises."

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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

Not Applicable
Analysis

The law prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, possession, sale or offer for sale of a smokeless tobacco product. Therefore, this requirement is not applicable.

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Minimum number of cigarillo sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

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

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Minimum weight of tobacco or a tobacco product per unit packet

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco or a tobacco product in unit packages weighing less than 100 grams.

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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.