Tobacco Control Policies

Gabon became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 21, 2009.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in many indoor public places, workplaces, and on means of public transport, except the law requires that designated smoking areas be created within certain places, including maritime and rail transport; airports; bus terminals, river terminals, maritime and rail terminals; hotels, beverage shops, discothè€ques, nightclubs, casinos, restaurants and supermarkets.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law bans most forms of tobacco advertising and promotion. However, tobacco advertising and promotion is allowed within establishments selling tobacco products. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The law requires two combined text and picture health warnings to be displayed on 60 percent of the front and 65 percent of the back of each smoked tobacco product package. An Executive Order prescribing the health warnings has not yet been issued.

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 Gabon 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • No
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • Yes
  • 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
  • 2
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 63%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 60%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 65%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • Uncertain
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • In country currency
  • XAF
  • 1000.00
  • Total taxes
  • 23%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 1.79
  • Total excise
  • 10%


SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at:

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019. Available at:

Last updated: September 17, 2019