The law states that cigarettes "must be sold to consumers in packages containing twenty (20) cigarettes." The law is interpreted as prohibiting the sale of single cigarettes.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco except in the physical presence of the operator/employee of the point of sale and tobacco products must be stored in a way that customers do not have direct access. The law expressly prohibits the sale of tobacco and tobacco products via vending machines in a place or store.
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.
A decree prohibits the sale of tobacco and tobacco products via the internet and requires internet service providers, institutions delivering credit cards, and shipping and delivery services to take measures to prevent internet sites from engaging in tobacco and tobacco product sales. These requirements under the decree are interpreted to prohibit individuals and entities from engaging in any and all domestic and cross-border internet tobacco product sales.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet sales of tobacco products.
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.
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
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "a school, a vocational training center, an adult education center, a public or private educational institution, or an institute or university," as well as kindergartens and daycare centers.
The law requires that retail sale of tobacco must be done at a "point of sale," which is defined as a "fixed location permanently enclosed by partitions or continuous walls extending from floor to ceiling, to which customers cannot have access except through an opening fitted with a door . . . " Because tobacco may only be sold in a structure, the law may be interpreted as prohibiting the sale of tobacco products on playgrounds. Thus, the regulatory status code “Uncertain” is given.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco in "places where sporting events . . . occur." Therefore, the sale of tobacco is prohibited in stadiums and arenas.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "places or facilities of a health institution."
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in cultural, artistic, and entertainment facilities.
Retail Package Size Restrictions
The law provides that cigarettes may be sold to consumers only in packages containing twenty (20) cigarettes.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.
The law provides that the minimum package size for loose tobacco is 10 grams.
Retail Licensing Requirements
The law does not require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products.
To align with FCTC Art. 15, the law should require all retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.