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Last updated: June 14th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of single cigarette sticks; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of single cigarette sticks.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law allows vending machines but restricts their use. Vending machines must be shut down between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00pm, unless the vending machine has an electronic ID reader. Vending machines with electronic ID readers may operate at all hours.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that it attempts to prohibit vending machine sales to minors. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

Decree No. 6/2016 bans the transnational sale of tobacco products to consumers in Italy. Therefore, internet sales (or sales by mail) based outside of Italy are prohibited. However, the law does not explicitly prohibit internet sales originating in Italy to consumers outside of Italy. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all internet tobacco product sales, regardless of age, as internet sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The sale of tobacco for oral use is banned. However, other types of smokeless tobacco (e.g., for chewing or snuff) is permitted. Therefore, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

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

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
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Analysis

The law provides that an individual cigarette pack contains at least 20 cigarettes.

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.

Minimum weight of roll-your-own tobacco or water-pipe tobacco per unit package

Yes
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Analysis


The law prohibits the sale of roll-your-own tobacco ("rolling tobacco") or water-pipe tobacco in a unit package of less than 30 grams. The law includes "rolling tobacco" in its definition of “water-pipe” tobacco.

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.