Last updated: September 20th 2017


Ghana became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is allowed in designated smoking areas in indoor public places and workplaces. Smoking is prohibited in public transport, except trains and commercial watercraft, which may have designated smoking areas.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

Most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited. Although financial or other sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship of events is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

One of three sets of text warnings, each containing a front and back of package warning, must appear on tobacco product packages. The warnings must occupy 50 percent of the front and 50 percent of the back of the package. However, once in effect, new regulations require picture health warnings to be placed on 50 percent of the front and 60 percent of the back of packages. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light”, “ultra-light”, “mild” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

The Public Health Act, 2012 is the primary tobacco control legislation and governs, among other things, smoking in public places; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. The Food and Drug Authority Guidelines for Labelling of Tobacco Products are issued under and implement the Public Health Act. The Guidelines regulate tobacco packaging and labeling. Tobacco Control Regulations, 2016 (L.I. 2247) entered into force on January 4, 2017 and provide 18 months for compliance with public smoking restrictions, among other measures, and 18 months for compliance with new picture health warnings from the date the FDA issues the new health warnings electronically. 

Review Status

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