Last updated: May 12th 2017


Malawi is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Smoke Free Places: There are no restrictions on smoking; smoking is allowed in indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on public transport.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There are no restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is allowed.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Tobacco product packaging and labeling is not regulated; health warnings and messages are not required.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: There is no legislation in Malawi implementing any tobacco control policies. The Tobacco Act regulates tobacco growing and wholesale buying, selling, and exporting of tobacco. Provisions of the Consumer Protection Act potentially could be used to prohibit false and misleading tobacco advertising and require health warnings and messages on tobacco products; however, there are no regulations that implement the Act in this manner.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.