Last updated: August 7, 2020

Regulated Forms of Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

Domestic TV and radio (including all broadcast media such as satellite and cable)

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco advertising on television and radio, including cable television and closed circuit television networks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to domestic television and radio.

Domestic newspapers and magazines

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco and tobacco product advertising in print media, including newspapers and magazines.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with regard to domestic newspapers and magazines.

Other domestic print media, such as pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, posters, signs (not including print advertising at the point of sale)

Other domestic print media, such as pamphlets, leaflet, flyers, posters, signs (not including print advertising at the point of sale)

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco and tobacco product advertising in print media, including books, periodicals, and any such printed publication. Additionally, the law prohibits such advertising through posters, paintings, and banners made out of paper, plastic, cloth, hard or soft on-store board or fascia, or any other material, affixed outside or inside a point of sale or any other place. The law also prohibits home billboards, whether fixed or mobile.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with regard to other domestic print media.

International TV and radio (including all broadcast media such as satellite and cable)

Uncertain
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The law prohibits tobacco and tobacco product advertising in cinema, theater, television, and radio; however, the law does not specify whether such prohibition applies to cross-border advertising.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit tobacco advertising through international TV and radio.

International newspapers and magazines

Uncertain
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The law prohibits tobacco and tobacco product advertising in newspapers and magazines; however, the law does not specify whether such prohibition applies to cross-border advertising.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit tobacco advertising through international newspapers and magazines.

Internet communications

Internet communications (not sales)

Allowed
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Neither the 2002 Ordinance nor Notification F.13-5/2003 restricts internet communications. The law is, therefore, interpreted as allowing tobacco advertising and promotion via internet communications.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion, including by internet communication, should be banned. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive ban.

Outdoor advertising (e.g., billboards, posters)

Banned
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The law prohibits out-of-home (meaning “outside”) billboards, whether fixed or mobile. Additionally, the law prohibits posters, paintings, banners, on-store boards, and fascia affixed outside or inside a point of sale or any other place.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to outdoor advertising.

Point of sale advertising/promotion

Point of sale advertising/promotion (other than product displays)

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco advertising, including through posters, paintings, banners, on-store boards, and fascia affixed outside or inside a point of sale. Additionally, the law prohibits tobacco advertising on out-of-home billboards, whether fixed or mobile, outside or inside. These provisions are interpreted as prohibiting all tobacco advertising at the point of sale.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to point of sale advertising and promotion.

Point of sale product display

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the display and visibility of tobacco products at the point of sale, including mobile and fixed retail outlets and street vendors.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to point of sale product display.

Conventional mail

Banned
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SRO 72(I)/2020 specifically prohibits tobacco advertising and promotion through the direct targeting of individuals, including through direct mail.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to tobacco advertising through conventional mail.

Telephone and cellular phone

Allowed
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Neither the 2002 Ordinance nor Notification F.13-5/2003 bans advertising by telephone or cellular phone. The law is, therefore, interpreted as allowing advertising by telephone and cellular phone. In practice, advertising by means of telephone or cellular phone is not common in Pakistan.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion, including advertising by telephone and cellular phone, should be banned. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Brand marking on physical structures

Distinctive words, designs, images, logos, sounds, or colors to promote tobacco products in entertainment venues, retail outlets, on vehicles and equipment, or other physical structures (brand marking on physical structures, other than on tobacco product packaging and labeling and print material)

Allowed
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Neither the 2002 Ordinance nor Notification F.13-5/2003 prohibits or restricts brand marking. The law is, therefore, interpreted as allowing brand marking.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion, including brand marking, should be banned. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Free distribution of tobacco products

Banned
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SRO 53(KE)/2009 prohibits the free distribution of tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to free distribution of tobacco products. The law also meets FCTC Art. 16 with respect to free distribution of tobacco products.

Promotions with a tobacco product purchase

Promotional discounts, gifts, prizes, rewards to consumers in conjunction with a tobacco product purchase (e.g., buy one pack, get one free or, key chains, t-shirts, coupons, points)

Banned
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SRO 882(I)/2007 prohibits the distribution of any free goods or discount goods to promote tobacco products. This provision is interpreted to prohibit all gifts, prizes, and other rewards.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to these types of promotional activities. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Competitions associated with tobacco products

Competitions associated with tobacco products or brand names, whether requiring the purchase of a tobacco product or not

Some Restrictions
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Tobacco products may not be presented as prizes or gifts for television or radio contests. All other competitions associated with tobacco products are allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion should be banned. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Direct person to person targeting of individuals

Banned
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SRO 72(I)/2020 specifically prohibits tobacco advertising and promotion through the direct targeting of individuals.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to direct person-to-person targeting of individuals.

Brand stretching/trademark diversification

Non-tobacco products or services using tobacco brand names or carrying a brand logo or other brand indicia (brand stretching)

Some Restrictions
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The law prohibits tobacco advertising through branding on clothes and garments, including caps and other "useable items." The law does not otherwise prohibit or restrict brand stretching. Note: The definition of “promotion” covers brand stretching in that it includes “uses of tobacco brand names, logos, and colors on non-tobacco merchandise.” However, no other section of the relevant regulation prohibits or restricts “promotion.”

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion should be banned, including brand stretching. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Reverse brand stretching or brand sharing

Tobacco products or services using non-tobacco brand names (reverse brand stretching or brand sharing)

Allowed
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Neither the 2002 Ordinance nor Notification F.13-5/2003 prohibits or restricts reverse brand stretching. The law is, therefore, interpreted as allowing reverse brand stretching.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, all tobacco advertising and promotion should be banned, including reverse brand stretching. In addition, using the term “tobacco advertising and promotion” and defining it in accordance with FCTC Art. 1(c) would ensure proper application of a comprehensive tobacco advertising and promotion ban.

Toys that resemble tobacco products

Banned
Analysis

As of October 1, 2011, SRO 863(I)/2010 prohibits the manufacture and sale of toys, sweets and snacks that resemble cigarettes.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines in this respect.

Candy that resembles tobacco products

Banned
Analysis

As of October 1, 2011, SRO 863(I)/2010 prohibits the manufacture and sale of toys, sweets and snacks that resemble cigarettes.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines in this respect.

Retailer incentive programs

Retailer incentive programs (e.g., rewards to retailers for achieving certain sales volume, enhanced displays, etc.) or other payments to encourage them to sell tobacco products

Banned
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SRO 72(I)/2020 specifically prohibits retailer incentive programs, including "payment or other contributions to retailers ... to encourage or induce them to sell products" and "payment or other consideration in exchange for the exclusive sale or prominent display."

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to retailer incentive programs.

Paid placement of tobacco products in TV, film or other media

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco advertising in cinema, theater, television, and radio. Additionally, the law prohibits incidental tobacco advertising, such as smoking in TV programs or dramas.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to paid placement of tobacco products in TV, film, or other media.

Unpaid depiction of tobacco use or tobacco products in media that does not serve a legitimate purpose

Unpaid depiction of tobacco use or tobacco products in TV, film or other media that is not legitimate journalistic, artistic, or academic expression or legitimate social or political commentary

Banned
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The law prohibits tobacco advertising in cinema, theater, television, and radio. Additionally, the law prohibits incidental tobacco advertising, such as smoking in TV programs or dramas. Although the Guidelines do not define “advertising,” this provision is interpreted to include unpaid depictions.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to unpaid depiction of tobacco use.

Tobacco industry sponsorship of events, activities, individuals, organizations or governments

Financial or other sponsorship or support by the tobacco industry to events, activities, individuals or groups (e.g., groups involved in sports, the arts, politics, charitable or welfare, or other activities, or youth smoking prevention programs)

Some Restrictions
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The law prohibits sponsorship of any type of event where tobacco is promoted. Aside from prohibiting sponsorship of events, the law allows financial or other support of individuals, organizations, and governments that promote tobacco products. Neither the term “sponsorship” nor “promotion” is defined, so the scope of the prohibition is unclear.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all contributions to any activity, individual, organization, or government with the aim, effect, or likely effect of promoting a tobacco product directly or indirectly.

Publicity of financial or other sponsorship or support by the tobacco industry if tobacco sponsorship is not banned

Some Restrictions
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The law prohibits sponsorship of any type of event where tobacco is promoted. Aside from prohibiting sponsorship of events, the law allows financial or other support of individuals, organizations, and governments that promote tobacco products. Neither the term “sponsorship” nor “promotion” is defined, so the scope of the prohibition is unclear. The law also prohibits incidental advertising of tobacco, which includes showing banners, billboards, and other paraphernalia that advertise tobacco products during sports.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all tobacco sponsorship and publicity thereof.

Promotion by any means that are false, misleading or deceptive

Promotion by any means that are false, misleading or deceptive or likely to create an erroneous impression about a product's characteristics, health effects, hazards or emissions (covering any term, descriptor, trademark, emblem, marketing image, logo, color and figurative, or any other indicia)

Allowed
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Neither the 2002 Ordinance nor Notification F.13-5/2003 prohibits promotion by means that are false, misleading, or deceptive. Notification F.13-5/2003 does prohibit the association of tobacco with “sports, adventure, sex and success in life.” However, the use of misleading terms and descriptors such as “lite,” “mild,” and “low tar” is common in Pakistan.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should comprehensively ban all means of promoting a tobacco product that are false, misleading or deceptive or that are likely to create an erroneous impression, as in Art. 13 Guidelines para. 39. This should be done in addition to imposing a complete tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship ban.