Last updated: December 3, 2021
Sale of single cigarettes/sticks
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
Vending machines are permitted at newspaper stands, at certain convenience stores, and inside hotels, inns, bars, restaurants, dance halls, and gaming establishments. They must be located where they can be overseen by the owner or workers of the establishment. Vending machines may not be used by minors under the age of 18 and must have a mechanism that can prevent access by minors. They are required to have a clear and visible health warning regarding the hazards derived from tobacco use on the front surface of the machines.
To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, vending machines should be prohibited as an inherent form of advertising. To meet FCTC Art. 16, vending machines should not be placed where they are accessible to minors.
Sale of tobacco products via the internet
The law expressly prohibits distance sales of tobacco products or sales by any method that is not a direct personal sale (other than authorized vending machine sales). Tobacco product sales via the internet therefore are prohibited, as these sales do not involve direct personal contacts.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines with respect to internet tobacco product sales. For greater clarity, however, the law clearly should state that internet sales of tobacco products are prohibited.
Sale of smokeless tobacco products
The sale of tobacco products for oral use is prohibited. “Tobacco for oral use” is defined as all products intended for oral use, except for products aimed at being inhaled or chewed, consisting wholly or partially of tobacco in the form of powder, fine particles, or any combination of these, in particular those presented in dose sachets or porous sachets. The sale of other smokeless tobacco products is allowed. Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.
Sale of waterpipe tobacco products
The sale of waterpipe tobacco is allowed. However, it is subject to the same regulations as other tobacco products. Waterpipe tobacco is defined as a tobacco product that can be consumed through a water pipe, including "hookah."
Location-based Sales Restrictions
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in all places where smoking is banned. Therefore, the sale of tobacco products in playgrounds and children’s play areas is prohibited.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in sports centers and facilities, including spaces where public events are held; this is interpreted to include tobacco sales at stadiums/arenas.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities, including open areas.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities. These include: reading rooms, exhibits, libraries, conferences, museums, theater halls, cinemas, and other public shows performed in enclosed areas.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in government buildings, public facilities, and social services centers.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in all places where smoking is banned. These places include: public and private workplaces; customer service areas; shopping centers; recreation or entertainment centers; food-related establishments; public transport facilities; and all other indoor places for public or collective use.
Retail Package Size Restrictions
Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package
The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in packages of fewer than 20 sticks.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.
Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package
The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.
Minimum weight of rolling tobacco per unit package
The law establishes that a single package of rolling/fine-cut tobacco must contain at least 30 grams.
Retail Licensing Requirements
Specific retail license or equivalent approval required to sell tobacco products
The law requires retail traders of tobacco products to obtain an administrative authorization to sell tobacco, which may solely be performed through the Tobacco and Stamps Retailers Network or vending machines located in establishments with the relevant approval. The Commissioner for the Tobacco Market is the body in charge of authorizing the retail sale of tobacco to those who are owners of a commercial establishment that is not subject to any of the prohibitions established in the health regulations.
The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license or equivalent approval to sell tobacco products.