Country Details For Argentina
Argentina is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Argentina signed the FCTC on September 25, 2003, but has not ratified the treaty.
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in indoor workplaces, indoor public places, and public transport, with the following exemptions: 1) enclosed private office space that is not shared with other workers and is not used for public services (this exemption permits smoking in office spaces used by a sole person with no other employees); 2) clubs for smokers of tobacco products, which must be organized as non-profit organizations and used by members only; and 3) tobacco shops, selling exclusively tobacco and tobacco accessories, with specialized tasting areas that are authorized by the competent local authority. Smoking also is prohibited on outdoor patios, terraces, and balconies of healthcare facilities and primary and secondary educational facilities, and under areas covered with a roof that are intended for public gathering. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Almost all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited, except for two exceptions: 1) at point of sale, a 30cm by 30cm sign is permitted with name, logo, and price of the product available and another promotional sign for that product, and 2) direct communication of exclusively informational content to persons over 18 years of age, and for which prior approval, renewed annually, must be obtained for each brand and for each advertising action. Permitted advertising must contain health warnings on 20 percent of the advertising surface. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of 10 text messages and images must occupy 50 percent of principal display areas. The image must appear on the lower 50 percent of the front of the package and the accompanying text must appear on the lower 50 percent of the back of the package. The set of 10 health messages and images must be updated every 12 to 24 months. Fifty percent of one side of the tobacco product package must contain information about the free service for quitting smoking that is provided by the Ministry of Health. Misleading packaging and labeling, including such terms as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Law 26687 is the primary tobacco control legislation and it regulates, among other things, smoking in public places; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco product packaging and labeling. Decree 602/2013 was issued under Law 26687 to implement its provisions on smoking in public places; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. Resolution 425/2014 establishes the General Regimen for Enforcement and Processing Complaints of Violation of Law 26687. Resolution 497/2012 was also issued under Law 26687 and contains packaging and labeling requirements, as well as health warning requirements for tobacco advertising. Resolution 494/2014 updates the contents of the graphic health warnings required to appear on packaging. It also updates the text of the health warning required on permitted forms of tobacco advertising and promotion.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.