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Comoros

Tobacco Control Policies

Comoros became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on April 24, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: The law prohibits smoking in many public places and workplaces, but allows designated smoking areas in certain public places and workplaces including offices, bars, restaurants, hotels, and cinemas. Smoking is prohibited in all forms of public transport. However, the legal measures are difficult to interpret due to inconsistencies and contradictory provisions in the law and implementing instruments. Therefore, the regulatory status code and analysis of the measures may be subject to several alternative interpretations.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law bans most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, but allows tobacco advertising and promotions at points of sale. Tobacco sponsorship is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The law requires two health warnings to appear on all outside packaging and labeling of smoked tobacco products. Additionally, the law allows but does not require adding a picture or pictogram warning to all smoked tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco products are subject to different warning requirements. The law does not require rotation or renewal of prescribed warnings.

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 Comoros are well below these recommendations.  

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Uncertain
  • Public transport
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • No
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Uncertain
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
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • No
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • Yes
  • Internet advertising
  • Uncertain
  • 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
  • 1
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 40%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 40%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 40%
  • 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
  • KMF
  • 750.00
  • Total taxes
  • 37%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 1.79
  • Total excise
  • 25%

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: January 23, 2020