Armenia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.
Smoke Free Places
The law prohibits smoking in all indoor educational, cultural, and healthcare facilities. In other indoor public places and workplaces, smoking is restricted to designated smoking areas, subject to exceptions for catering facilities and individual workspaces. Catering facilities may, but are not required to, have separate smoking areas. Smoking is permitted in individual workspaces. Smoking is prohibited on public transport except for non-fixed-route taxis and trains, which may have smoking cars.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
The law prohibits tobacco advertising on TV and radio and via outdoor advertising. Tobacco advertising in newspapers and magazines is restricted; tobacco advertising is not allowed on the front and last pages of newspapers and on the front, last, and cover pages of magazines. Other forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are either restricted or allowed. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
Text-only health warnings are required to cover at least 30 percent of the two principal display areas of the unit pack of cigarettes. Warnings on the back of the pack are required to rotate. The warning requirements apply to cigarettes only and not to other smoked or smokeless tobacco products. Misleading terms such as “light” and “low tar” are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) are not prohibited.
Armenia, as part of the Eurasian Economic Union, has adopted stricter regulations on tobacco product packaging and labeling, which will fully enter into force for Armenia on January 1, 2024.
Cigarette Contents and Disclosures
The law regulates specified contents of cigarettes, including banning mint; some herbs; and other flavorings. The law requires that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.
The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via the internet and in educational facilities, stadiums, and healthcare facilities. The law also prohibits the sale of tobacco products in open packages which effectively bans the sale of single cigarettes. The law restricts the sale of tobacco products via vending machines to places where minors do not have access. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
The Law on Restrictions on the Sale, Consumption and Use of Tobacco regulates the sale of tobacco products, packaging and labeling of tobacco products, and smoking in public places. The law also addresses some advertising and promotion practices. Ministry of Health Order No. 916-N was issued under the Law on Restrictions on the Sale, Consumption and Use of Tobacco and provides four additional health warning messages for cigarette packaging and labeling. GOST 3935-2000 is an interstate standard adopted by all CIS member states. It contains specifications for cigarettes and regulates the packaging and labeling of cigarettes. Resolution No. 540-N of April 28, 2005 On Approving the Technical Regulation on Tobacco implements GOST 3935-2000 and regulates, among other things, cigarette health warning messages and misleading tobacco product packaging and labeling. The Law on Advertising regulates tobacco advertising on TV and radio, print media, and outdoor media. The Administrative Offenses Code contains some penalty provisions for smoke free and advertising violations.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.
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