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Last updated: August 7th 2015

Introduction

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

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places, on public transport, and in public transport facilities. However, smoking is allowed in designated areas in indoor workplaces. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas of the following: health institutions, educational institutions, sports arenas and facilities, recreational places other than beaches to which the public has access, bus stands, and bus stations. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.   

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited, with a few exceptions. Product displays are prohibited with the exception of duty-free shops in airports. Internet sales of tobacco products are also permitted. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of eight required graphic health warnings must occupy 60 percent of the front (in French) and 70 percent of the back (in English) of cigarette packages. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited. Qualitative statements on constituents and emissions are not required, but regulations prohibit emission yields such as tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide from being displayed on tobacco product packaging. 

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Under a grant of power contained in the Public Health Act 1925, the Minister of Health issued the Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) Regulations 2008. These are the principal regulations governing tobacco control in Mauritius. The regulations are comprehensive, covering major areas of tobacco control such as restrictions on smoking in public places; restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and tobacco product packaging and labeling requirements. These principal regulations are complemented by provisions in the Consumer Protection (Price and Supplies Control) Act 1998 (concerning point of sale product displays) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2005 (concerning smoke free policies in the workplace). In addition, the principal regulations were amended twice in 2009 – first by the Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and then by the Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2009. These two sets of amendments concern duties imposed upon business owners regarding enforcement of smoke free policies, health warnings, and emission yields on product packaging.  

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