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Last updated: July 28th 2015

Introduction

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

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in most indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on public transportation. However, smoking is allowed in private rooms and offices in office buildings, factories, places of lodging, public transportation terminals, trains and vessels, and restaurants.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited, especially through the mass media and other means of wide distribution, including outdoor advertising. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Health warnings are required to be text only. Although the law provides broad regulatory authority to the Ministry of Health to provide implementing measures that would include size, location, and other details related to health warnings, regulations have not yet been issued as of the date of this review.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Control of Smoking and Consumption of Tobacco Product Law was enacted in 2006, repealing the Law of the Prohibition of Smoking at the Entertainment Building Act, 1959. Two notifications have been issued by the Ministry of Health specifying requirements of smoke free places. These notifications are: (1) Ministry of Health Notification No. 5/2014, Order Stipulating the Caption, Sign and Marks Referring to the “No-Smoking Area”; and (2) Ministry of Health Notification No. 6/2014, Order Stipulating the Requirements to be Managed at the Specific Area where Smoking is Allowed. In addition, the President’s Office issued a letter with instructions on tobacco use in government offices.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts were consulted for the review.

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