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Last updated: September 17th 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits a person to "sell cigarettes except in a package containing at least ten cigarettes, or such other minimum number of cigarettes, not being less than ten, as may be prescribed." This provision 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 the sale of tobacco products by vending machine. 

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

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Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the delivery of tobacco products by mail, or the advertising of an offer to deliver tobacco products by mail. Because internet sales necessarily involve mail delivery of tobacco products, internet sales are banned. 

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

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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

Banned
Analysis

The sale of waterpipe tobacco is prohibited.

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
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes "except in a package containing at least ten cigarettes, or such other minimum number of cigarettes, not being less than ten, as may be prescribed." The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes "except in a package containing at least ten cigarettes, or such other minimum number of cigarettes, not being less than ten, as may be prescribed."

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes. To more fully align, the law should require a minimum of 20 cigarette sticks per packet.

Law Source, Section

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of "a tobacco product other than cigarettes . . . except in a package that contains at least ten units of the product, or such other minimum number of units of the product, not being less than ten, as may be prescribed." This is interpreted as setting the minimum weight of smokeless tobacco at 10 grams per unit package. 

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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 all retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.