Last updated: May 30, 2023
Mali became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 17, 2006.
Smoke Free Places
The law and an implementing decree are interpreted to prohibit smoking in all indoor public places, workplaces and on all public transport, with the exception of designated smoking areas in airports.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
Virtually all forms of domestic advertising and promotion are prohibited. However, advertising and promotion at points of sale is allowed. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
Tobacco product packaging must display one text-only health warning covering 30 percent of the front and back of packages. Misleading terms or descriptors are prohibited on tobacco product packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) are not addressed in the law.
Cigarette Contents and Disclosures
The law does not grant the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes. The law requires that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the emissions of their products.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machines, single cigarettes, and waterpipe tobacco. However, there are no restrictions on the sale of small packets of cigarettes or tobacco products via the internet or based on location. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
Mali’s tobacco control law, Law No. 10-033 on the Sale and Consumption of Tobacco and Tobacco Products, became effective as of July 12, 2010. The law regulates, among other things, restrictions on public smoking; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. The law authorized the Council of Ministers to issue decrees implementing the law. The Council of Ministers has issued Decree No. 2012-343/P-RM Determining the procedures for the implementation of Law No. 10-033, dated July 12, 2010, which regulates, among other things, restrictions on public smoking; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.