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Last updated: September 25th 2017

Introduction

Norway became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: The law prohibits smoking in most indoor workplaces and indoor public places, subject to a few exceptions which permit smoking in living quarters in institutions that replace the residents' home and up to one half of hotel guest rooms. Smoking is prohibited on all means of public transport. In addition, smoking is prohibited in all outdoor areas of kindergartens, primary schools, and secondary schools, and near the entrances to health institutions and public enterprises. Sub-national jurisdictions may not enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a ban on direct and indirect forms of tobacco advertising. The display of tobacco products, other than at tobacconist shops, is prohibited. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: For smoked tobacco products, one of two text-only health warnings must occupy at least 30 percent of the front of the package. One of fourteen combined text and pictorial health warnings must occupy at least 40 percent of the back of the package. The warnings must be enclosed by a black border between 3mm and 4mm in width outside the area reserved for the warning. In addition, a quitline number must appear on both sides of the package outside the area reserved for the warning. For smokeless tobacco products, one text warning must occupy at least 30 percent of the most visible side of the package. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.

The standardized packaging of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and snus is required as of July 1, 2017. There will be a one-year transition period to phase out packs meeting the previous requirements, meaning that all cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, and snus must be in standardized packaging from July 1, 2018. Products in non-standardized packaging that are on the market prior to July 1, 2017 may continue to be sold until July 1, 2018.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Act No. 14 of 9 March 1973 relating to the Prevention of the Harmful Effects of Tobacco (Tobacco Control Act) is the primary tobacco control law in Norway. The law governs, among other things, smoking restrictions, tobacco advertising, and tobacco packaging and labeling. The law has been amended many times, most recently by Act No. 5 of 10 February 2017. These recent amendments implement the standardized packaging of tobacco products and bring Norway's laws into alignment with the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive (Directive 2014/40/EU).

Several sets of implementing regulations have been issued under the Act: Regulations no. 989 of 15 December 1995 on the prohibition of advertising of tobacco products; Regulations no. 141 of 6 February 2003 on the contents and labeling of tobacco products; Regulations no. 942 of 22 September 2017 on the registration and supervisions of the sale of tobacco products, etc. Regulations no. 141 have been amended several times, including by Regulations no. 1245 of 24 September 2009 and Regulations no. 924 of 22 June 2017. Regulations no. 1044 of 13 October 1989 prohibit the introduction of new tobacco products or nicotine-containing products in Norway. Smoking is prohibited in certain educational facilities under the Regulations on environmental health in kindergartens and schools.

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