Last updated: September 18th 2019


Timor-Leste became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 22, 2005.

Smoke Free Places

Smoking is prohibited in many indoor public places, workplaces, and on public transportation, but is permitted in designated smoking areas in certain places, including airports, government facilities, and boats intended for transportation of passengers.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship

The law prohibits many forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, with exceptions for point of sale product display. However, at times, the scope of the restriction is unclear. At points of sale, products may not be displayed where they are directly accessible to consumers, though visibility is allowed. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship, but it is unclear whether publicity of permitted sponsorship is prohibited under the law.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling 

All tobacco product packaging must display one of six combined text and pictorial health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and 100 percent of the back of the package. In addition, a text warning must cover 100 percent of each of the top and bottom sides of packages. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “less tar” and other signs, is prohibited.


The law prohibits the retail sale and advertising of e-cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes is prohibited in places where smoking is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation

Decree-Law No. 14/2016 of June 8 on the Tobacco Control Regime is the primary law governing tobacco control in Timor-Leste. Ministerial Statutory Order No. 10/2018 of May 9 on Regulations for Labeling of Tobacco Products was issued under the 2016 law and includes implementing details related to health warnings and other packaging and labeling requirements. (Ministerial Statutory Order No. 10/2018 replaced a prior set of regulations issued in Ministerial Statutory Order No. 2/2018.)

Review Status

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