Laws

Family Code

May 17, 1994

COMMENTS: The Family Code establishes the age of majority.

Law No. 13 of January 24, 2008 “Which Adopts Measures to Control Tobacco and its Harmful Effects on Health”

COMMENTS: Law No. 13 is a comprehensive law that defines key terms and covers many areas of tobacco control. These areas include restrictions on public smoking; packaging and labeling; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and breaches of the law, among others.

Executive Order No. 230 of May 6, 2008

COMMENTS: Executive Order (E.O.) No. 230 regulates Law No. 13 of January 24, 2008. E.O. No. 230 expands the list of smoke free places and outlines the duties of various parties in carrying out the restrictions on public smoking. E.O. No. 230 also expands upon health warning requirements. In addition, the E.O. authorizes public health authorities to impose sanctions for violations of the E.O.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 809 of October 6, 2008

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 809 of October 6, 2008 amends a previous resolution by establishing new pictorial health warnings which must be printed on tobacco product packaging. Note that the English Language translation does not contain the images or accompanying text warnings.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 660 of August 11, 2009

Aug 11, 2009

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 660 of August 11, 2009 bans the import, sale, and commercialization of e-cigarettes. This resolution was repealed by Resolution No. 2742 of August 21, 2017.

Law No. 69 of November 6, 2009 "To Prohibit the Comparison in Contracts and Other Forms of Law in Which the State is a Party, Reforms to Some Provisions of Public Contracts and Introducing Other Provisions"

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. Law No. 69 from 2009 relates to tobacco taxation and specifies how tobacco taxes may be used.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 868 of October 19, 2009

Dec 10, 2009

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 868 of October 19, 2009 establishes five new pictograms to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 153 of March 5, 2010

May 14, 2010

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 153 of March 5, 2010 amends one of the five pictorial health warnings established by Resolution No. 868 of October 19, 2009.

Executive Decree No. 611 of June 3, 2010

COMMENTS: Executive Decree No. 611 amends Article 18 of Executive Order No. 230. Decree No. 611 permits merchants to place a textual list of products for sale, alongside their respective prices. The decree spells out further specifications for such signs.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0968 of September 23, 2011

Sep 23, 2011

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 0968 of September 23, 2011 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 745 on the National Commission for the Study of Tobacco

Aug 16, 2012

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 378 of April 16, 2013

Apr 16, 2013

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 378 of April 16, 2013 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 1265 of December 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 1265 of December 26, 2013 makes corrections to two of the five pictorial health warnings established by Resolution No. 378 of April 16, 2013.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 1210 of August 11, 2014

Aug 11, 2014

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 1210 of August 11, 2014 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Executive Decree No. 1838 of December 5, 2014

COMMENTS: Executive Decree No. 1838 of December 5, 2014 banned the commercialization and use of e-cigarettes where tobacco products are prohibited.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 1661 of September 8, 2015

Sep 8, 2015

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 1661 of September 8, 2015 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0405 of March 2, 2016

Mar 2, 2016

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 0405 of March 2, 2016 requires that no-smoking signs be posted in smoke free areas to indicate that it is prohibited to use electronic cigarettes, vaporizers, and similar products, whether or not the products contain nicotine.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 2175 of September 22, 2016

Sep 20, 2016

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 2304 of October 28, 2016

Oct 28, 2016

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 2304 of October 28, 2016 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 2742 of August 21, 2017

Aug 21, 2017

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0554 of March 8, 2018

Note: Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0554 of March 8, 2018 addresses waterpipes, shishas, hookahs, etc. This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0953 of May 15, 2018

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Executive Decree No. 178 of June 8, 2018

Jun 8, 2018

Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 1335 of June 28, 2018

Jun 28, 2018

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 1335 of June 28, 2018 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging beginning March 31, 2019.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 4167 of December 11, 2019

Dec 10, 2019

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 4167 of December 11, 2019 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging beginning August 30, 2021 (pushed back from September 20, 2020). The resolution was amended by Resolution No. 0315 of February 4, 2020 and Resolution No. 1903 of August 6, 2020. 

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 0315 of February 4, 2020

Feb 4, 2020

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 0315 of February 4, 2020 amends two of the five pictorial health warnings established by Resolution No. 4167 of December 11, 2019.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 1903 of August 6, 2020

Aug 6, 2020

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 1903 of August 6, 2020 amends three of the five pictorial health warnings established by Resolution No. 4167 of December 11, 2019. The changes help improve image quality. In addition, the resolution extended the validity of the health warnings contained in Resolution No. 1335 of June 28, 2018.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 3625 of November 25, 2020

Nov 25, 2020

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 3625 of November 25, 2020 amends Resolution No. 1903 of August 6, 2020 by extended the validity of the health warnings contained in Resolution No. 1335 of June 28, 2018.

Ministry of Health Resolution No. 2569 of October 4, 2021

Oct 4, 2021

COMMENTS: Resolution No. 2569 of October 4, 2021 establishes five new pictorial health warnings to be printed on tobacco product packaging from September 1, 2022 to August 30, 2023.

Law No. 315 of June 30, 2022

Jun 30, 2022

COMMENTS: Law No. 315 of June 30, 2022 prohibits the use, import, and sale of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. It establishes by law what was previously contained in two ministerial resolutions - Resolution No. 2742 of August 21, 2017 (banning the sale and use of e-cigarettes) and Resolution No. 0953 of May 15, 2018 (banning the sale and use of heated tobacco products).

To the best of our knowledge, all laws provided here are in effect as of September 27, 2022 unless otherwise noted.