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Botswana

Tobacco Control Policies

Botswana became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 1, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Designated smoking rooms are permitted in most indoor public places and indoor workplaces, and on many forms public transport.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Many direct forms of advertising are prohibited, including domestic TV, radio, and print media; internet; billboards; and conventional mail. However, the ban does not cover many promotional practices/activities, such as competitions associated with tobacco products, discounts, and retailer incentive programs. Sponsorship by the tobacco industry is allowed.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The law does not set forth requirements for health warnings on tobacco packaging and labeling, nor does the law prohibit misleading packaging and labeling.

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 Botswana are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • No
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • No
  • 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
  • No
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • Uncertain
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • No
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • No
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 0
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % 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
  • No
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • BWP
  • 38.95
  • Total taxes
  • 50%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 3.81
  • Total excise
  • 39%

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: September 17, 2019