LANGUAGE
Last updated: September 14th 2021

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
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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
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Analysis

The law specifically prohibits the sale of tobacco products by vending machines.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines and meets FCTC Art. 16 (sales to and by minors) with regard to sales of tobacco products through vending machines.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
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Analysis

Article 14 of the law prohibits all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco products. Further, the regulations under this article (E.O. 230, Art. 18) prohibit communications to consumers by internet. Although the law does not address internet tobacco sales specifically, the law is interpreted as prohibiting internet tobacco sales because internet tobacco sales inherently involve tobacco advertising and promotion.

In addition, Art. 19(4) of the law requires tobacco merchants to verify the age of the purchaser through presentation of personal identification, which is difficult via internet sales. Article 26(8) of the law prohibits the sale of tobacco products through means other than those permitted by this law. Together, these provisions are interpreted to prohibit the sale of tobacco products through the internet.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet sales of tobacco products. However, this could be made clearer by explicitly stating that internet sales of tobacco products are prohibited as inherently involving tobacco advertising and promotion, as provided in FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines paras. 18-19.

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
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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
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Healthcare facilities

Banned
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Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

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

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
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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.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
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Analysis

The law requires retail traders in tobacco products to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.

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