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Last updated: October 17th 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address the sale of single cigarettes; therefore the law is interpreted as allowing single cigarettes sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products anywhere except for tobacco shops that have obtained the required permit. Therefore, vending machine tobacco sales are prohibited.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and meets FCTC Art. 16 (sales to minors) with respect to vending machines.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products anywhere except for tobacco shops that have obtained the required permit. Therefore, tobacco sales via the internet are prohibited.

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

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
Analysis

The sale of tobacco and tobacco products is banned in, and within 200 meters of, preschools, schools, vocational institutes, and university institutions.

Playgrounds

Banned
Analysis

The sale of tobacco and tobacco products is banned in, and within 200 meters of, "athletic infrastructures." The law is interpreted as including playgrounds within "athletic infrastructure" and therefore the regulatory status code "Banned" is given.

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The sale of tobacco and tobacco products is banned in, and within 200 meters of, athletic facilities.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The sale of tobacco and tobacco products is banned in, and within 200 meters of, healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Banned
Analysis

The sale of tobacco and tobacco products is banned in, and within 200 meters of, cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not regulate the minimum number of cigarettes sticks per unit package.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of small packets of cigarettes which increase the affordability to minors.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Analysis

The law provides that tobacco and tobacco products may only be sold in shops after the shop has obtained a permit. "The terms, procedures and conditions for the issuance and revocation of permits for opening and closing a tobacco shop are to be set by decree." This decree is expected to be issued soon.

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