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Last updated: June 30th 2020

Penalties

Sales Restrictions

Fine, Other
(e.g., seizure of the product, publication of the violation/violator)
Analysis

A violation of sales access restrictions, including vending machine and internet sales, is subject to a fine of one million (1,000,000) to ten million (10,000,000) FCFA. Fines are doubled in cases of repeat offenses, and the court may also order the destruction of tobacco products being sold in contravention of the law.

Corporate entities are punished by a fine amount equal to five times that incurred by natural persons and may be subject to dissolution, permanent or temporary closure from 6 months to one year, confiscation of assets used for the offense, and publication of the judgment against the entity. Natural persons may also be subject to prohibition of the activity that gave rise to the offense and suspension of tobacco product sales from six months to one year.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Fine, Other
(e.g., seizure of the product, publication of the violation/violator)
Analysis

Violation of location-based sales restrictions is subject to a fine of 500,000 to 5,000,000 FCFA. Fines are doubled in cases of repeat offenses, and the court may also order the destruction of tobacco products being sold in contravention of the law.

Corporate entities are punished by a fine amount equal to five times that incurred by natural persons and may be subject to dissolution, permanent or temporary closure from 6 months to one year, confiscation of assets used for the offense, and publication of the judgment against the entity. Natural persons may also be subject to prohibition of the activity that gave rise to the offense and suspension of tobacco product sales from six months to one year.

Minimum Retail Package Size

N/A
Analysis

The law does not regulate the minimum size of tobacco product packages; therefore, there are no associated penalties.

Minimum Legal Sales Age

Fine, Other
(e.g., seizure of the product, publication of the violation/violator)
Analysis

Violation of the minimum legal sales age is subject to a fine of one million (1,000,000) to ten million (10,000,000) FCFA. Fines are doubled in cases of repeat offenses, and the court may also order the destruction of tobacco products being sold in contravention of the law.