Last updated: September 18, 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of single cigarette sticks; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of single cigarette sticks.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits vending machine sales of tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16 with respect to vending machine sales.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products through the internet; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting internet tobacco product sales. The law does prohibit the retail sale of tobacco products by mail. Absent an explicit ban on internet tobacco sales, however, this prohibition is not interpreted as relating to internet sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit internet tobacco product sales as internet sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of waterpipe tobacco; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of waterpipe tobacco.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within the grounds and premises of primary and secondary schools.

Playgrounds

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in public places and other places specifically set aside for persons under eighteen. This is interpreted to include playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within the grounds and premises of healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not prohibit or restrict the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Social services institutions

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within the grounds and premises of social services institutions. Social services institutions do not include "membership clubs and clubs performing social functions or activities."

Childcare centers

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products within the grounds and premises of childcare centers.

Public places and other places specifically set aside for persons under eighteen

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in public places and other places specifically set aside for persons under eighteen.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of small packets of cigarettes which increase the affordability to minors.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

Not Applicable
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of smokeless tobacco products. Therefore, this requirement is not applicable.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

The law does not require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products.

To align with FCTC Art. 15, the law should require retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.