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Armenia

Tobacco Control Policies

Armenia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places and indoor workplaces, except for airports and residential psychiatric care facilities, which are permitted to have designated smoking areas, and catering facilities. Effective March 15, 2022, smoking will be prohibited in indoor and outdoor areas of catering facilities. Until then, catering facilities may, but are not required to, have separate smoking areas. Smoking is prohibited in public transport except for water and rail transport, which are permitted to have designated smoking areas.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion, which a few exceptions. Unpaid depiction of tobacco products and use is prohibited in children’s programming but permitted in other programming, provided there is a health warning. Currently, point of sale product display is restricted to areas where the consumer does not have direct access. Beginning January 1, 2022, product display will be prohibited expect at duty-free shops in airports. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Text-only health warnings are required to cover at least 30 percent of the two principal display areas of the tobacco product packaging. Misleading terms such as “light” and “low tar” are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) are not prohibited.

Armenia, as part of the Eurasian Economic Union, has adopted stricter regulations on tobacco product packaging and labeling, which will fully enter into force for Armenia on January 1, 2024. In addition, Armenia will require plain packaging of tobacco products beginning January 1, 2024.

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 Armenia are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Yes
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • No
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • Yes
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • Yes
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • Yes
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 11
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Uncertain
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 30%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 30%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 30%
  • 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
  • AMD
  • 680.00
  • Total taxes
  • 38%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 1.41
  • Total excise
  • 21%

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: May 12, 2021