Venezuela became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 25, 2006.
Smoke Free Places
Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transportation.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship
The law prohibits many direct forms of tobacco advertising, including advertising on TV, radio, newspapers and magazines, and outdoor media. However, point of sale advertising is allowed, as well as many forms of promotional activity. Tobacco sponsorship is allowed. However, there are some restrictions on the publicity of tobacco sponsorship.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling
One of 12 authorized rotating and combined text and image warnings must appear on each package of cigarettes. The combined text and image must occupy 100 percent of one principal display area, and the text alone must occupy 30 percent of the other principal display area of the package. Warnings must be shown on packaging of cigarettes only, not other tobacco products. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “low”, “ultra-low”, “mild”, and “light”, and other signs, is prohibited.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation
Ministry of Popular Power for Health Resolution No. 030 of March 2, 2011 prohibits smoking in indoor public places, indoor workplaces and public transport, and regulates posting of smoke-free signs and penalties for violations. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 012 of February 8, 2006 regulates advertising and promotion of tobacco products. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 011 of February 8, 2006 regulates the sale of tobacco products, as well as the sale of products that resemble tobacco products or promote tobacco products. Ministry of Health Resolution No. 004 of January 9, 2014 regulates the content, size and format of health warnings on cigarette packing. All Ministry of Health resolutions were issued pursuant to powers granted in the Organic Law on Health.
This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff in consultation with in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts.