LANGUAGE
Last updated: September 18th 2019

Sales Restrictions

Sale of single cigarettes/sticks

Banned
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Sale of tobacco products via vending machines

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits vending machine sales of tobacco products.

The law aligns with FCTC Art. 13 and the FCTC Art. 13 Guidelines, and FCTC Art. 16 in this respect.

Sale of tobacco products via the internet

Uncertain
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Analysis

The Law on Advertising prohibits tobacco advertising “on the internet, except for websites intended for adults, where preliminary identification of the age of users is a mandatory condition for access.” Because tobacco sales are an inherent form of advertising, this provision is interpreted as restricting internet tobacco product sales to those websites accessible only to adults. However, the Law on Tobacco Control prohibits “placement of information on the internet in order to promote the sale of tobacco products.” This can be interpreted as prohibiting internet-based sale of tobacco products. Because the two provisions conflict, the regulatory status code “Uncertain” is given.

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 advertising and promotion.

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

Banned
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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

Some Restrictions
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Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products in indoor sports facilities. Because the sale of tobacco products is not prohibited in outdoor sports facilities, the regulatory status code "Some Restrictions" is given.

Healthcare facilities

Banned
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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.

On the premises of specialized trade organizations that conduct trade in children’s goods or sporting goods and in the respective departments (sections) of global trade organizations

Banned
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Analysis

The law prohibits the sale of tobacco products on the premises of specialized trade organizations that conduct trade in children's goods or sporting goods, and also in the respective departments (sections) of global trade organizations.

Retail Package Size Restrictions

Minimum number of cigarette sticks per unit package

Yes
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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
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