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Estonia

Tobacco Control Policies

Estonia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on October 25, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in some indoor public places and workplaces, such as preschools, childcare facilities, and primary and secondary schools. However, owners or managers may create designated smoking areas in many indoor public places and workplaces. The law prohibits smoking in public transport except for local trains, long-distance trains, and passenger ships, where smoking is allowed in smoking rooms. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law; however, to date, none have done so.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: All forms of direct tobacco advertising and most forms of tobacco promotion are banned. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship. For permitted forms of sponsorship, the law allows information about the tobacco sponsor and the material support to be disclosed.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Cigarettes and loose smoking tobacco must carry combined text/picture health warnings occupying 65 percent of the front and back of the tobacco product package. Warnings are required to rotate. One general warning and one informational message on constituents and emissions must occupy 50 percent of each side of the package. On packaging of cigars and cigarillos, text-only warnings must occupy 30 percent of the front and 40 percent of the back of the package. Smokeless tobacco products are prohibited and, therefore, there are no prescribed warnings. Misleading packaging and labeling, which could include terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is 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 Estonia are below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • Uncertain
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • 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
  • Yes
  • 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
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • 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
  • 14
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 65%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 65%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 65%
  • 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
  • EUR
  • 4.25
  • Total taxes
  • 79%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 4.99
  • Total excise
  • 63%

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: February 2, 2021