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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Tobacco Control Policies

The Democratic Republic of the Congo became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 26, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in enclosed places in which services are provided to the public, thereby encompassing many workplaces and enclosed public places. The law also prohibits smoking in places where children and the elderly are taken in and cared for, healthcare establishments, educational facilities, and cultural and athletic facilities. However, smoking is allowed in designated areas of bars and restaurants. 

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is no comprehensive ban on advertising and promotion. However, advertising via television, radio, billboards, and other print media is prohibited. Point of sale advertising and internet-based sales are allowed. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship, including activities aimed at minors and athletic events, but publicity of allowed sponsorship is permitted.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: All packs of cigarettes and cigars must display two of four text-only health warnings on 30 percent of the front and back of packaging. Graphic health warnings will be required to cover 50 percent of the front and back of packaging once Law No. 18/035 is fully implemented. The law does not require health warnings on smokeless tobacco products. Misleading terms such as “light” and “low” are prohibited on tobacco packaging, but other misleading packaging (e.g., colors, numbers, and symbols) are 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 the Democratic Republic of the Congo 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
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • 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
  • No
  • 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
  • Uncertain
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • No
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • No
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 2
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 30%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • No
  • Front
  • 30%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 30%
  • 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
  • CDF
  • 1250.00
  • Total taxes
  • 39%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.77
  • Total excise
  • 19%

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 4, 2019