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Last updated: December 19th 2019

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

All indoor workplaces

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all workplaces are 100% smoke free. The law also prohibits smoking within five meters of entrances and exits for specified places.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to indoor workplaces.

All indoor public places

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, indoor public places are smoke free. The law also prohibits smoking within five meters of entrances and exits for specified places.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to indoor public places.

All public transport

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all public transport is 100% smoke free. The law also prohibits smoking in transport terminals, train stations, and passenger boat piers. This includes the areas inside buildings and rooftops, areas underneath a roof, and platforms.

The law aligns FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to public transport.

Government facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke-free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all government offices, state enterprises, or other government agencies are smoke free. Smoking areas can be arranged outside the buildings or structures.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to government facilities.

Private offices

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in designated public places, including in private offices and within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to private offices.

Hospitals

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all public health service and health promotion facilities are smoke free in their entirety, including indoor and outdoor areas and within five meters of their entrances and exits. This specifically includes hospitals.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to hospitals.

Residential healthcare facilities - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all public health service and health promotion facilities are smoke free in their entirety, including indoor and outdoor areas and within five meters of their entrances and exits. This specifically includes clinics, multidisciplinary clinics, hospitals, health centers, health promotion hospitals, and all health facilities. Therefore, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in residential healthcare facilities.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to residential healthcare facilities.

Non-residential healthcare facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all public health service and health promotion facilities are smoke free in their entirety, including indoor and outdoor areas and within five meters of their entrances and exits. This specifically includes clinics, multidisciplinary clinics, hospitals, health centers, health promotion hospitals, and all health facilities. Therefore, the law is interpreted as prohibiting smoking in non-residential healthcare facilities.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to non-residential healthcare facilities.

Childcare facilities/preschools

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all educational institutions or places of learning and training are smoke free, including indoor and outdoor areas and within five meters of their entrances and exits. This specifically includes preschools and places that provide care or shelter to children or youth.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to childcare facilities and preschools.

Primary and secondary schools

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all educational institutions or places of learning and training are smoke free, including indoor and outdoor areas and within five meters from their entrance and exits. This specifically includes primary and secondary schools ("educational institutions below tertiary levels").

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to primary and secondary schools.

Universities/vocational facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all educational institutions or places of learning and training are smoke free. The law specifically prohibits smoking in vocational training facilities and post-secondary schools ("tertiary educational institutions"). However, for post-secondary schools, smoking is permitted in smoking areas outside of the school building.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to universities and vocational facilities.

Shops

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in designated public places, including shopping malls and shopping centers and within five meters of their doors, air ducts, entrances, and exits. In addition, smoking is specifically prohibited in "shops that sell consumer goods and pharmacies."

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to shops and stores.

Cultural facilities

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in designated public places, including art centers, museums, libraries, theaters, playhouses, cinemas, and temporary venues for hosting performances, among others.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to cultural facilities.

Indoor stadium/arenas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in indoor sports fields, sports centers, grandstands, and other places for watching sports.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to indoor stadiums and arenas.

Restaurants

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in both indoor and outdoor areas of air-conditioned places that sell food and/or beverages. In addition, smoking is prohibited in non-air-conditioned places that sell food and/or beverages and within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to restaurants.

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in both indoor and outdoor areas of air-conditioned places that sell food and/or beverages. In addition, smoking is prohibited in non-air-conditioned places that sell food and/or beverages and within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to bars, pubs, and nightclubs.

Casinos

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in a series of "other public places," which specifically includes entertainment venues. This is interpreted as including casinos; therefore, the regulatory status code "100% Smoke Free" is given.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to casinos.

Hotels/lodging - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in hotels, resorts, homestays, and vacation homes, and within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to public areas of hotels and lodging.

Hotels/lodgings - guest rooms

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in hotels, resorts, homestays, and vacation homes, and within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts. This is interpreted as including guest rooms.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to public areas of hotels and lodging.

Prisons/detention facilities - public areas

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, all government offices, state enterprises, or other government agencies are smoke free. This provision is interpreted as covering prisons.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to public areas of prisons and detention facilities.

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in trains, buses, and other public vehicles.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in this regard to trains, buses, and other shared ground transportation other than taxis.

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in taxis.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to taxis.

Commercial aircraft

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in planes, aircraft, and zeppelins. 

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to commercial aircraft.

Commercial watercraft

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in passenger boats, cruise ships, passenger ferries, and car ferries.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to commercial watercraft.

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

100% Smoke Free
100% smoke free environment throughout the entire premises of the listed place. "Smoking rooms" and "smoking areas" are not permitted.
Analysis

The Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) of 2017 authorizes the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to designate places as smoke free or smoking restricted. Under the 2018 MoPH Notification, smoking is prohibited in transport terminals, train stations, and passenger boat piers. This includes the areas inside buildings and rooftops, areas underneath a roof, and platforms. In addition, smoking is prohibited within five meters of their doors, windows, entrances, exits, and air ducts.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 8 and the FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines in regard to all public transport facilities.