Last updated: January 25th 2019


The Gambia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 17, 2007.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor workplaces, public places, and on all means of public transport.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

Currently, smoked tobacco product packaging must display a text warning occupying 30 percent of the front and back of the packaging. There is only one authorized warning for the front and one authorized warning for the back of the package and therefore rotation is not required. When regulations implementing packaging and labeling provisions of the Tobacco Control Act are enacted, smoked tobacco product packaging will be required to display combined picture and text warnings occupying 75 percent of the front and back of the package. Smokeless tobacco products are prohibited. Misleading packaging and labeling, which could include terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

The Tobacco Control Act, 2016 was adopted in December 2016 and entered into force on December 17, 2018. Provisions on smoking in public places and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship came into effect immediately. Provisions on packaging and labeling require regulations, which have not yet been enacted, in order to come into effect. Until these regulations are in effect, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Notice on Health Warnings dated April 21, 2009 remains in effect and regulates the text, size and placement of health warnings.

Review Status

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