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Kosovo

Tobacco Control Policies

Kosovo is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in nearly all indoor public places and workplaces. Designated smoking rooms are permitted in certain healthcare facilities, retirement communities, prisons, and hotel rooms. 

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: All forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited.  Certain methods of selling tobacco are permitted despite their promotional effect, including sales over the internet or through hotel vending machines. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Kosovo requires text warnings cover 32 percent of the front and 45 percent of the back of all tobacco products.  The front must have one of two general warnings, and the back must have one of eleven additional warnings. Rotation is required, but the law does not provide instructions as to the timing of the rotations.  Thirty-six months following the implementation of the law, additional graphic warnings will be required on the back side of the pack. The total size of the warnings will not change. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” 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 tax information from Kosovo is currently unavailable.

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?
  • 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
  • Yes
  • 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
  • 13
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 39%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 32%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 45%
  • 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
  • 0.00
  • Total taxes
  • 0%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.00
  • Total excise
  • 0%

Sources:

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

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015. Available at: www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/2015/en/

Last updated: August 20, 2020