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Macau (SAR)

Tobacco Control Policies

China became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on January 9, 2006. Macau, as Special Administrative Region of China, is bound by China’s ratification of the treaty.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in indoor public places and indoor workplaces, with the following exceptions: 1) smoking lounges in airports; 2) hotel guest rooms; and 3) designated smoking rooms in casinos. Smoking is also prohibited on all public transportation. Several outdoor places have bans or restrictions on smoking. Smoking is banned in outdoor areas of public swimming pools, athletic facilities, primary and secondary schools, and healthcare facilities. Smoking is restricted to designated areas in parks, gardens, beaches, and outdoor areas of institutions of higher education.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Virtually all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion through any medium are prohibited. The law allows for advertising within the trade and product display at points of sale where only tobacco is sold. Only price information is allowed at other points of retail sale. All forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: As of January 1, 2013, smoked tobacco product packages must carry one of six authorized pictorial health warnings, occupying 50 percent of the two principal display areas. The health warnings are made up of an illustration, a health warning, and a quitline number. The combined warnings must appear on one principal display area in Chinese and on the other principal display area in Portuguese. Misleading descriptors or other indicia suggesting that one brand is less harmful than another are prohibited, unless the term is part of a trademark that was registered when Law No. 5/2011 was enacted.

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 Macau is current 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
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • 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
  • 6
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 50%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 50%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 50%
  • 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
  • n/a
  • 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, 2017. Available at: www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/2017/en/  

Last updated: March 6, 2020