Last updated: September 17th 2019


Côte d'Ivoire became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on November 11, 2010.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transport. Designated smoking areas may be permitted only if the Minister of Health and the Minister of Security issue a joint decree allowing such areas. However, because such a decree has not been issued for any category of public place, workplace, or transport, all are currently smoke free.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

All forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are permitted because there is no law regulating tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. There is a Voluntary Code of Cigarette Advertising, under which signatories agree to restrictions on means, time, place, and size of cigarette ads; however, these restrictions are not legally binding.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

One text warning, 2mm in height, is required to occupy one lateral side of tobacco product packages.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

The law does not grant the authority to regulate the contents of cigarettes. The law does not require that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products via vending machines or the internet. There are no restrictions on the sale of single cigarettes or small packets of cigarettes. The law does not explicitly designate an age at which individuals may purchase tobacco products.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

There is no single comprehensive law that governs tobacco control; instead, there are several laws and regulations that govern specific aspects of tobacco control. Decree No. 2012-980 of October 10, 2012 governs smoking in public places, workplaces, and public transport. This decree repeals Decree No. 79-477 of June 6, 1979 Prohibiting Smoking in Certain Public Places.

Interministerial Order No. 24 of January 19, 1998 governs the health warning to be placed on tobacco product packages. Interministerial Order No. 047 of June 26, 1998 establishes the date by which manufacturers and importers must comply with Order No. 24. Decree No. 65-74 addresses certain labeling requirements for smoking tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, and matches, but does not address health warnings.

The Voluntary Code of Cigarette Advertising sets out voluntary advertising restrictions - pertaining to time, place, and size - that have been agreed to by the industry.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.