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Algeria

Tobacco Control Policies

Algeria became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 28, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: The law prohibits smoking in educational, health, athletic, and cultural facilities. Smoking is restricted in parts of workplaces intended for groups of workers, and designated smoking areas are permitted. In other parts of workplaces, smoking is allowed. Smoking is prohibited on most forms of public transport, with the exception of passenger ships conducting international voyages, on which designated smoking rooms must be provided. With respect to outdoor places, the law prohibits smoking in the uncovered places frequented by students in educational facilities.

Issued in July 2018, Law No. 18-11 prohibits smoking in public places. The implementing details are to be established in regulations. Until those are issued, the implementing regulations issued under Law No. 85-05, including those restrictions specified above, remain in effect.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law prohibits "[a]ny form of promotion, sponsorship and advertising for tobacco products." There is no further legislation, however, providing details regarding this prohibition, and the terms “tobacco advertising and promotion” and “tobacco sponsorship” are not defined. Accordingly, it is difficult to determine the exact scope of the ban. The law is interpreted as prohibiting tobacco advertising through traditional advertising means (e.g., domestic radio, television, newspapers, billboards); however, the regulatory status of other means is uncertain.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Cigarette packs must display a general textual health warning on the front side of the pack and a picture health warning on the back side of the pack. The law, however, does not specify the size of the warnings and whether rotation is required. Implementing regulations have yet to be issued. Packages of snuff and chewing tobacco must display only the general textual warning.

Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The World Health Organization recommends raising tobacco excise taxes so that they account for at least 70 percent of retail prices.  Tobacco excise taxes in Algeria are well below these recommendations.

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Yes
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • Uncertain
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • Uncertain
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • Uncertain
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Uncertain
  • Paid placement in media
  • Uncertain
  • Retail product display
  • Uncertain
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • Uncertain
  • Internet advertising
  • Uncertain
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • Uncertain
  • Free distribution
  • Uncertain
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Uncertain
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 0%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • No
  • Front
  • 0%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 0%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • Yes
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • DZD
  • 300.00
  • Total taxes
  • 34%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 2.55
  • Total excise
  • 17%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/

Last updated: October 1, 2020