Last updated: October 6, 2023
Sudan became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 29, 2006.
Smoke Free Places
The law restricts tobacco consumption in indoor workplaces, public places, and in public transport to smoking rooms meeting certain conditions. These conditions cannot be met in some forms of public transport, such as taxis and commercial aircraft, meaning these forms of transport are 100% smoke free.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
Although the law prohibits all direct and indirect advertising and promotion of tobacco products, the law does not define these terms, making the scope of the ban uncertain. The law prohibits sponsorship of activities, but not sponsorship to individuals or groups/organizations.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
The law requires text and pictorial health warnings covering 75 percent of the principal display areas. These warnings must be rotated annually.
Cigarette Contents and Disclosures
The law grants the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes; however, no subsequent regulations have been issued. The law does not require that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents or emissions of their products.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in vending machines and in or near educational, healthcare, and religious facilities. There are no retail package size restrictions. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.
The sale of e-cigarettes is not regulated; therefore, the sale of e-cigarettes is allowed. There are no restrictions on e-cigarette advertising, promotion or sponsorship or use in public.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
Enacted in 2005, the Tobacco Control Act addresses packaging and labeling, smoke-free places, and advertising, promotion and sponsorship as well as enforcement of and penalties for these provisions. The Tobacco Control Regulations of 2021 were issued pursuant to the Tobacco Control Act 2005 and regulate tobacco use in public; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; packaging and labeling; and health warnings. Notably, the regulations expand the required health warnings from 30 percent to 75 percent.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.