Last updated: January 1st 2020

Smoke Free Status of Indoor Public Places, Workplaces, and Public Transport

All indoor workplaces

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “set forth by a decision of the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in indoor workplaces. Because many workplaces are also public places, they would be likely covered under the smoking ban. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in all parts of all indoor public places and workplaces, and should provide a definition of “workplace” in accordance with the definition provided in the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines.

All indoor public places

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister.” However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in all parts of all indoor public places and indoor workplaces.

All public transport

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in public transport. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places, which may include means of public transport, where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in all public transport.

Government facilities

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in government facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in government facilities.

Private offices

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in private offices. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places, which may include private offices, where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in private offices.

Hospitals

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in hospitals. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in hospitals.

Residential healthcare facilities - public areas

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in public areas of residential healthcare facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

 To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in public areas of residential healthcare facilities.

Non-residential healthcare facilities

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in non-residential healthcare facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet  been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in non-residential healthcare facilities.

Childcare facilities/preschools

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in childcare facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

 To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in childcare facilities and preschools.

Primary and secondary schools

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in primary and secondary schools. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

 To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in primary and secondary schools.

Universities/vocational facilities

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in universities and vocational facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in universities and vocational facilities.

Shops

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in shops. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in shops.

Cultural facilities

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in cultural facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given. 

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in cultural facilities.

Indoor stadium/arenas

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in indoor stadiums and arenas. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in indoor stadiums and areas.

Restaurants

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in restaurants. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in all restaurants.

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in bars, pubs and nightclubs. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Casinos

Not Applicable
The listed place does not exist in the country.
Analysis

There are no casinos in Qatar; therefore, this policy is not applicable.

Hotels/lodging - public areas

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in public areas of hotels. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in public areas of hotels.

Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in guest rooms of hotels. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in guest rooms of hotels.

Prisons/detention facilities - public areas

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in public areas of prisons and detention facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in all public areas of prisons and detention facilities.

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking on public transportation. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in trains, buses, and other shared ground transportation (other than taxis).

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in taxis. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in taxis.

Commercial aircraft

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in commercial aircraft. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in commercial aircraft.

Commercial watercraft

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking on commercial watercraft. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited on commercial watercraft.

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

Smoking is Not Restricted
Smoking is allowed throughout the entire premises of the specified place or category of places.
Analysis

The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “determined through a decree by the Minister,” but does not specifically address smoking in public transport facilities. However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the indoor public places where smoking is prohibited. As a result, the regulatory status code “Smoking is Not Restricted” is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines, the implementing decree should specify that smoking is prohibited in public transport facilities.