LANGUAGE
Last updated: January 12th 2021

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of single cigarette sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
Analysis

The 2014 Directive expressly prohibits the installation of vending machines to sell tobacco products, effectively prohibiting the sale of tobacco products via vending machines.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16 with respect to sale by vending machines.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The 2014 Directive expressly prohibits the sale of tobacco products “via electronic and social media such as the Internet, various websites, Facebook, and Twitter etc.”

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

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

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

Banned
Expand to view related litigation.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products at sporting events and any other recreational event sites, where they get promoted, advertised, or sponsored.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Expand to view related litigation.
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within 100 meters of health institutions.

Cultural facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in guest areas, fete venues, cultural or musical programs, and dance programs. This is interpreted as prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Childcare centers and child welfare homes

Banned
Expand to view related litigation.
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within 100 meters of childcare centers and child welfare homes.

Elderly care homes

Banned
Expand to view related litigation.

Tax-free stores

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of the following tobacco products in tax-free stores: bidis, cigars, sisa, kakkad, chilam, sulpa, chewing tobacco, and gutkha in tax-free stores. As other tobacco products are permitted, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Expand to view related litigation.
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in packages of fewer than 20 sticks.

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 number of bidis per unit package

Yes
Expand to view related litigation.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Expand to view related litigation.
Analysis

The law requires retail traders in tobacco products to obtain a license to sell tobacco products from March 13, 2017.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.