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Guatemala

Tobacco Control Policies

Guatemala became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 13, 2006.
 
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited anywhere in workplaces and closed public places. There is one limited exemption to the complete indoor smoking ban for hotel and motel guestrooms.  Smoking is also prohibited on all public transportation.
 
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship is generally allowed, with a few restrictions on some forms of tobacco advertising. Tobacco advertising may not air during “children’s programming hours.” In addition, tobacco advertising may not show consumption of tobacco products and may not use human models, cartoons, sports athletes, or public figures. All advertising must be approved prior to release. Health warnings are required on all advertising.
 
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of five text health warnings must occupy 25 percent of the front surface of the pack. The warning “Use of this product causes serious health damage” must be printed on the side of the pack. The size of the side panel warning is not specified. 
 
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 Guatemala 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
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • Yes
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • No
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • No
  • Promotional discounts
  • No
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • No
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Outdoor advertising
  • No
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • No
  • Paid placement in media
  • No
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • No
  • 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
  • 6
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 13%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 25%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 0%
  • 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
  • GTQ
  • 20.00
  • Total taxes
  • 49%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 2.67
  • Total excise
  • 38%

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: June 1, 2020