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Chile

Tobacco Control Policies

Chile became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 11, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is banned in indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on public transport. However, an exception allows psychiatric hospitals that do not have open air spaces, or whose patients cannot have access to them, to designate smoking areas. In addition, the smoke free status of hotel guestrooms is unclear. Smoking is also banned in outdoor areas of: primary and secondary educational institutions; facilities where fuel is consumed; places where explosives, inflammable materials, medications, or foods are manufactured, processed, stored, or handled; and athletic facilities, gymnasiums, or stadiums.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most tobacco advertising and promotion is banned. However, point of sale product display is allowed, provided that health warnings on packaging are visible. Other permitted forms of tobacco advertising and promotion include toys and candy that resemble tobacco products, limited cross-border internet advertising, and limited unpaid depiction. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship using brand names or brand elements is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The Ministry of Health has issued four pairs of pictorial health warnings. Each pair contains two warnings, one to be placed on 50 percent of the front of the package and one to be placed on 50 percent of the back of the package. The warnings are to be placed on the lower part of each surface. Each of the pairs must appear on an equal number of tobacco packages over a 12-month period. Misleading terms such as “light” and “low tar” are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) is not prohibited.

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 Chile are below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • Yes
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Yes
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
  • Uncertain
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • No
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 4 pairs
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 50%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 50%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 50%
  • 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
  • CLP
  • 2700.00
  • Total taxes
  • 82%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 4.23
  • Total excise
  • 66%

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