LANGUAGE
Last updated: March 4th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of single cigarette sticks.

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 law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machines.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16 with respect to vending machine sales.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Banned
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Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of tobacco products by the internet. However, the law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors under the age of 18 and requires the posting of notices stating this prohibition in places that sell tobacco products. The provision is being implemented in a way that bans internet sales because it is difficult to verify age via the internet. As a result, the regulatory status code "Banned" is given.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet sales. However, for greater clarity, the law should clearly state that internet sales of tobacco products are prohibited.

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 law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.

Playgrounds

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in places where the public is primarily young people and teenagers, which is interpreted to include playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas and other establishments where sports are practiced.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities, including pharmacies.

Cultural facilities

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in places where the public is primarily young people and teenagers, such as musical performances. This is interpreted to cover some cultural facilities. As a result, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

Places where the public is primarily young people

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in places where the public is primarily young people and teenagers. While some of these places are covered in the categories above, the law also specifically mentions cybercaf├ęs and amusement parks.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
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Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in packages of fewer than 10 sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes. To more fully align, the law should require a minimum of 20 cigarette sticks per packet.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

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

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 retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.