Last updated: September 20th 2017


Cameroon became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 4, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in schools, universities and Ministry buildings. Smoking is not regulated in any other indoor public place, indoor workplace or on any means of public transportation.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a ban on tobacco advertising and promotion on television, radio and in the printed press as well as on outdoor advertising. Tobacco sponsorship is allowed, but there are some restrictions on the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The law requires text-only health warnings to appear on at least 50 percent of the main surfaces on tobacco product packages.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Cameroon enacted various pieces of tobacco control legislation between 2007 and 2012.  Ministry of Public Health and Ministry of Commerce Order No. 967, enacted in June 2007, governs tobacco product packaging and labeling, replacing the 1997 Law No. 0016 on Health Warnings on Tobacco Product Packaging. Three circulars, the Ministry of Economy and Finances Circular No. 07/788; the Ministry of Secondary Education Circular No. 15/07 on Creating Non-Smoking Areas and Anti-Smoking Clubs in Schools; and the Ministry of Higher Education Circular on Tobacco Control in the Central Services of the Ministry of Higher Education and Public Academic Institutions create smoke-free laws in educational institutions and government buildings. Law No. 2006/018 governs tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

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This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.