Last updated: September 22nd 2017


Tanzania became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on July 29, 2007.

Smoke Free Places: Designated smoking areas or rooms are allowed in all indoor public places, workplaces and on public transport. Sub-national jurisdictions may pass more stringent legislation than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Few forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of ten authorized text-only health messages must be displayed on tobacco product packaging. The law prohibits packaging that is likely to create an erroneous impression about the characteristics or health hazards of the tobacco product or its emissions, but the law could be strengthened by specifically prohibiting terms, numbers, colors, and figurative or other signs that may be misleading or deceptive.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Tobacco Products (Regulation) Act, 2003 is the only piece of tobacco control legislation in Tanzania. It regulates public smoking; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.