Last updated: September 17th 2019


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

The law requires picture and text warnings to occupy 40 percent of each of the principal display areas of tobacco product packaging. Each of the 12 authorized warnings must be applied to an equal number of tobacco packages. Misleading terms such as 'low tar,' 'light,' 'ultra light' or 'mild,' are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) are not prohibited.

Kazakhstan, as part of the Eurasian Economic Union, has adopted stricter regulations on tobacco product packaging and labeling, which will fully enter into force on November 15, 2017.

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. EEC Council Decision No. 18 and Technical Regulations for Tobacco Products, which are directly applicable to Kazakhstan as part of the Eurasian Economic Union, regulate tobacco product packaging and labeling and impose a final implementation deadline of November 15, 2017. 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.