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Last updated: November 7th 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of single cigarette sticks.

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

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products from vending machines.

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

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The sale of tobacco products via the internet is banned.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet tobacco product sales.

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of smokeless tobacco products; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

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 schools, educational, and childcare facilities and within the 50-meter radius of these facilities.

Playgrounds

Uncertain
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in sports facilities and within the 50-meter radius of these facilities. Because it is uncertain whether playgrounds would be considered “sports facilities,” the regulatory status code “Uncertain” is given.

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in sports facilities.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

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.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

The law does not require retail traders in tobacco products to obtain a license to sell tobacco products. The law does allow for relevant permits to carry out manufacturing, importing, and selling tobacco products.

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