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Last updated: October 20th 2020

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of individual cigarettes to any age group.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 16 in that the law prohibits the sale of single cigarettes.

Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The Anti-Smoking Law and Regulations prohibit tobacco vending machines in public places. Because "public place" is defined as an enclosed place, this provision allows vending machines in outdoor places (which may not have been the intent of the drafters). Therefore, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

To align with FCTC Art. 13, the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit vending machine sales of tobacco products as such sales are an inherent form of tobacco advertising and promotion.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Allowed
Analysis

The law does not address internet tobacco product sales. Therefore, the law is interpreted as allowing internet tobacco product sales.

To align with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, the law should prohibit the sale of tobacco products via the internet.

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. However, they are subject to the same regulations as other 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. However, it is subject to the same regulations as other tobacco products.

Location-based Sales Restrictions

Schools/educational facilities

Some Restrictions
Analysis

The law bans tobacco product sales in places that do not have a sales license, and prohibits granting a tobacco sales license to shops, cafés, and restaurants on the premises of universities. However, because the law does not address sales from other schools or educational facilities, the regulatory status code “Some Restrictions” is given.

Playgrounds

Allowed
Analysis

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

Stadiums/arenas

Allowed
Analysis

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

Healthcare facilities

Banned
Analysis

The law bans tobacco product sales in places that do not have a sales license, and prohibits granting a tobacco sales license to shops, cafés, and restaurants on the premises of health facilities. Therefore, tobacco products may not be sold in healthcare facilities.

Cultural facilities

Allowed
Analysis

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

Scientific institutions

Banned
Analysis

The law bans tobacco product sales in places that do not have a sales license, and prohibits granting a tobacco sales license to shops, cafés, and restaurants on the premises of scientific institutions. Therefore, tobacco products may not be sold in scientific institutions.

Public facilities and administrations

Banned
Analysis

The law bans tobacco product sales in places that do not have a sales license, and prohibits granting a license to shops, cafés, and restaurants on the premises of public facilities and administrations. Therefore, tobacco products may not be sold in public facilities and administrations.

Open stands

Banned
Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products from open stands, whether fixed or mobile.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package.

To align with FCTC Art. 16, the law should prohibit the sale of small packets of cigarettes which increase the affordability to minors.

Minimum weight of smokeless tobacco per unit package

No
Analysis

The law does not require a minimum weight per unit package of smokeless tobacco.

Retail Licensing Requirements

Specific retail license required to sell tobacco products

Yes
Analysis

The law requires retail traders of tobacco products to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 15 in that the law requires retailers to obtain a license to sell tobacco products.