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Last updated: September 22nd 2017

Summary

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, theaters, 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.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Law No. 174, Tobacco Control and Regulation of Tobacco Products’ Manufacturing, Packaging and Advertising, regulates smoking in public places, workplaces and public transport; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. This law replaces Law No. 394/95 and Ministerial Decision No. 1/213. Smoke free provisions went into effect immediately for all public places, workplaces and public transport, except those for restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and other tourism venues, which went into effect one year later. The law introduced a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, which entered into force on March 1, 2012. The law increased the size of warning labels to 40 percent. The contents of the text-only health warnings were issued in Decree No. 8991, which was scheduled to enter into force in October 2013, though implementation was delayed. The packaging and labeling provisions of Law No. 174 also entered in force at that time. Decree No. 7437 was issued in January 2012 and established by-laws addressing signs at points of sale. Decree No. 8431 was issued in July 2012 and regulates the posting of "No Smoking" signs in smoke free places.

Review Status

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