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Last updated: June 22nd 2020

Summary

Kazakhstan became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on April 22, 2007.

Smoke Free Places

The law prohibits smoking in some workplaces and public places, including education and health facilities, cultural facilities, exhibition halls, stadiums and arenas, nightclubs and discos, and government facilities. However, smoking is permitted in designated areas of public catering facilities, "airports, rail, road and water stations." Smoking is prohibited on commercial aircraft and most ground transport; however, designated smoking areas are permitted on long distance rail and commercial watercraft.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

There is a ban on tobacco advertising and some forms of tobacco promotion. The ban applies mainly to direct forms of advertising and promotion and therefore some indirect or less conventional forms of advertising and promotion may escape the ban. There are restrictions on sponsorship by the tobacco industry, and publicity of sponsorship is prohibited to the extent such publicity is prohibited under advertising and promotion provisions.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling

On packaging of smoked tobacco products, rotating picture and text health warnings are required to cover 50 percent of the front and back of packaging. On packaging of smokeless tobacco products, rotating picture and text health warnings are required to cover 40 percent of the front and back of packaging. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

The law regulates specified contents of cigarettes, including banning mint; some herbs; and some other flavorings. Manufacturers and importers are required to disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products via vending machines and the internet; and in educational facilities, playgrounds, stadiums/arenas, healthcare facilities, and other specified locations. The law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes or small packets of cigarettes. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Article 159 of the Law on People's Health and Health Care System regulates smoking in public places and packaging and labeling of tobacco products. Resolution No. 1366 and Ministry of Health Order No. 422 implement the provisions of Article 159 that pertain to packaging and labeling of tobacco products; these requirements remain in effect for smokeless tobacco product packaging. As part of the Eurasian Economic Union, packaging and labeling of smoked tobacco products must comply with the Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products (TR TC 035/2015) and EEC Council Decision No. 18. The Law on Advertising No. 508-II regulates advertising in general. Articles 13 and 14 of the Law regulate tobacco advertising and promotion. The Code on Administrative Offenses provides penalties for violations of legislation on smoking in public places, tobacco product packaging and labeling, and tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

Review Status

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