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Last updated: February 24th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of "a tobacco product unless the packet is intact." Therefore, the sale of single cigarettes is prohibited.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act, Sec. 16(4)(a), prohibits the sale of a tobacco product through an automated vending machine. Reinforcing this prohibition, Sec. 14(1) prohibits all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship contained in the Third Schedule of the Act. The Third Schedule specifically prohibits the “sale of tobacco products through vending machines . . .” Therefore, the sale of tobacco products via vending machines is prohibited.

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

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act, Sec. 16(4), prohibits the sale of a tobacco product “(b) by delivery, mail order or via the internet, telecommunication or any other means through which the age of the person cannot be ascertained; (c) by any other means in which the purchaser and seller are not in the same physical location.” Reinforcing this ban, Sec. 14(1) prohibits “all forms, methods and means of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, including cross border advertising, promotion or sponsorship prescribed in the Third Schedule to the Act.” The Third Schedule specifically prohibits the “sale of tobacco products through vending machines and through the internet.” Therefore, internet tobacco product sales are prohibited.

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

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Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, processing, sale, offer for sale, or bringing into the country of a smokeless tobacco product.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, processing, sale, offer for sale, or bringing into the country of "a water pipe tobacco delivery system, including the water pipe device or the water-pipe tobacco product or other substances to be used in the water-pipe delivery system."

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "educational institutions of all levels” and “premises in which children are cared for” and the area within 50 meters from those premises.

Playgrounds

Uncertain
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "premises in which children are cared for and the area within 50 meters from those premises." This provision could be in interpreted as prohibiting the sale of tobacco products in and near playgrounds, as children are cared for in those areas. However, because the law does not clearly prohibit the sale of tobacco products in "playgrounds", the regulatory status code "Uncertain" is given.

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "sports stadia and a distance of up to 50 meters from those premises."

Healthcare facilities

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "hospitals, clinics and other health institutions and the area within 50 meters from those premises."

Cultural facilities

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "cinemas and theatrical performance halls and a distance of up to 50 meters from those premises." However, the law does not address the sale of tobacco products in other types of cultural or entertainment facilities, such as museums and historic sites. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

Public places of worship

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public places of worship and the area within 50 meters from those premises."

Prisons

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "prisons."

Police cells

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "police cells."

Public service vehicles and other means of public transport

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public service vehicles and other means of public transport."

Public transport terminals, including airports and airfields

Banned
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act 2015 prohibits the sale of tobacco products in "public transport terminals, including airports and airfields and 50 meters from those premises."

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
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Analysis

The law requires a unit package of cigarettes to contain 20 sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

Not Applicable
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Analysis

The Tobacco Control Act prohibits the import, manufacture, distribution, processing, sale, offer for sale, or bringing into the country of a smokeless tobacco product. Therefore, this requirement is not applicable.

Minimum weight of other tobacco products per unit package

Yes
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Analysis

The law requires a unit package of any tobacco product other than cigarettes to weigh 20 grams.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

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.