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Last updated: July 22nd 2015

Introduction

Lebanon became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 7, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and public transport. However, the law allows hotels to designate 20 percent of their room capacity as smoking rooms. Outdoor areas of health, education, and sports facilities must also be smoke free.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Tobacco product packaging must carry a text health warning on 40 percent of the front and back of the package. The Minister of Public Health has authority to determine the content of the text warnings. In addition, the Minister of Public Health together with the Minister of Finance may require pictorial warnings. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar”, is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Law No. 174, Tobacco Control and Regulation of Tobacco Products’ Manufacturing, Packaging and Advertising, regulates smoking in public places, workplaces and public transport; tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco packaging and labeling. This law replaces Law No. 394/95 and Ministerial Decision No. 1/213. The law was published in the official Gazette on September 3, 2011. Smoke free provisions went into effect immediately for all public places, workplaces and public transport, except those for restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, and other tourism venues, which went into effect one year later. The law introduces a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, which entered into force on March 1, 2012. The law increases the size of warning labels to 40 percent. The contents of the text-only health warnings were issued in Decree No. 8991, which was scheduled to enter into force in October 2013. The packaging and labeling provisions of Law No. 174 also entered in force at that time. Decree No. 7437 was issued in January 2012 and establishes by-laws addressing signs at points of sale. Decree No. 8431 was issued in July 2012 and regulates the posting of "No Smoking" signs in smoke free places.

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