Lebanon became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 7, 2006.
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in hospitals, health centers, schools, cinemas, theatres, public libraries, museums, governmental and non-governmental public premises, means of transportation, arrivals and departures halls at airports, enclosed stadiums, lecture-halls and any other place deemed by the Minister as public. The law fails to list all indoor public places and workplaces, so smoking is restricted or completely unrestricted in some places. Further, the law authorizes the Minister of Health to allow designated smoking areas in public places. The Ministry of Health has allowed a phase-in of the smoking ban in restaurants. The current policy is that 50 percent of seats must be reserved for non-smokers. The Ministry has not yet allowed smoking rooms in other places.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Almost all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited, including in traditional and electronic media. However, some forms of indirect promotion, such as retailer incentive programs, may escape the ban. Tobacco sponsorship is not restricted.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Although the law requires health warnings on all tobacco products, health warnings have been authorized for cigarette packs only. Therefore, other tobacco products do not carry health warnings. On cigarette packs, the authorized text-only health warning must occupy 40 percent of the front of the pack, placed length-wise down the long edge of the pack. One of four authorized combined picture and text warnings must occupy 40 percent of the back of the pack, placed along the bottom edge. Misleading terms, descriptors, trademarks, and figurative and other signs are prohibited.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.
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