Last updated: January 24, 2022
Action Required for Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship Not Banned
Disclosure to the government by the tobacco industry of information on advertising, promotion and sponsorship activities and expenditures
No disclosure to the government is required because the law prohibits virtually all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Thus, there should be no activities or expenditures on advertising, promotion and sponsorship. FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines para. 43 provides, however, that while the requirement for this kind of disclosure applies only to Parties that do not have a comprehensive ban, all Parties should implement the disclosure requirement in that it may help Parties that consider that they have a comprehensive ban to identify any advertising, promotion or sponsorship not covered by the ban or engaged in by the tobacco industry in contravention of the ban.
Health warning messages required on permitted forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
The law prohibits all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; therefore, this requirement is generally not applicable.
In the instance of unpaid depiction, however, if a local channel televises a person smoking (not in exchange for profit of publicity), the channel must either display for thirty seconds an information warning bar on the dangers of smoking (for each occurrence in a segment) or provide a distraction from the smoking in the scene.
Disclosed information readily available to the public
The law does not require disclosure because virtually all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited. However, in accordance with FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines paras. 42 and 43, the law should impose a disclosure requirement notwithstanding the complete ban and make information from the report readily publicly available.