LANGUAGE
Last updated: September 29th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Allowed
Analysis

The law allows the sale of single cigarettes if the single cigarette is packaged with the required warning.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of single cigarettes as this increases the affordability of cigarettes to minors.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products through vending machines after the Minister of Health publishes a notification on the prohibition. As of the date of this review, no such notification has been published in the Gazette. Until that time, however, vending machine sales are restricted to places in which persons under the age of 18 years old cannot access the machines.

Because the law restricts vending machine sales in a manner that makes such sales inaccessible to minors, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that it prohibits vending machine sales to minors. To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit all vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Law Source, Section

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Uncertain
Analysis

The law does not specifically address internet tobacco product sales. The law prohibits publishing, displaying or broadcasting “an advertisement relating to the use of tobacco products, including the use of tobacco trade marks, logos, brand names or company names used on tobacco products.” Therefore, read together with the definition of “advertisement,” tobacco advertising and promotion through internet communications is banned. However, it is unclear whether the ban on tobacco advertising and promotion prohibits tobacco sales via the internet as inherently involving advertising and promotion.

Additionally, the law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to any person under the age of 18 years, and requires any seller of tobacco products to post a sign stating that the sale of tobacco products to persons under 18 is prohibited. It is difficult to verify age via the internet and, therefore, it is unclear whether internet sales are allowed.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit internet tobacco product sales, regardless of age, as internet sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Law Source, Section
Articles 1; 15(1)(a); 18(1)(a)

Sale of smokeless tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of smokeless tobacco products; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of smokeless tobacco products.

Sale of waterpipe tobacco products

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not specifically prohibit the sale of waterpipe tobacco; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of waterpipe tobacco.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in schools/educational facilities.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products on playgrounds.

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in stadiums/arenas.

Healthcare facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products based on location; therefore, the law is interpreted as permitting the sale of tobacco products in cultural facilities.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of cigarettes in packages of fewer than 20 sticks.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 with respect to the sale of small packets of cigarettes.

Minimum weight of loose tobacco for smoking per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of loose tobacco for smoking in unit packages weighing less than 12.5 grams.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

Yes
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of smokeless tobacco in unit packages weighing less than 12.5 grams.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

No
Analysis

The law does not require a specific retail license to sell tobacco products.

To align with FCTC Art. 15, the law should require retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.