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Fiji

Tobacco Control Policies

Fiji became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is banned in many indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on motorized means of public transport. Designated smoking rooms are allowed in bars, pubs, and nightclubs, airport terminals, and private offices.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law prohibits most direct and indirect forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, including advertising at point of sale. However, other forms are restricted but not prohibited, including point of sale display, and international TV, radio, and print media. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, publicity of the sponsorship is prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling:  Rotating health warnings, comprised of pictures and text, are required to be displayed on at least 30 percent of the front and 90 percent of the back of packages for cigarettes. The health warnings displayed on the back of packages differ in size depending upon the tobacco product. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 and the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012 are the primary sources of legislation governing smoke free places; advertising, promotion and sponsorship; and packaging and labeling. The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 repeals the Tobacco Control Act of 1998 and portions of the Tobacco Control Regulations 2000, while the Tobacco Control Regulations 2012 repeal the remainder of the 2000 regulations.

The Tobacco Control Decree 2010 has been amended three times – in 2012, 2014, and by the Revised Edition of the Laws (Consequential Amendments) 2016 (amending penalties).

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 Fiji are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • 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
  • Yes
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • 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
  • Yes
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • Uncertain
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 60%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 30%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 90%
  • 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
  • FJD
  • 14.20
  • Total taxes
  • 42%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 6.76
  • Total excise
  • 34%

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 19, 2021