Mauritius became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in most indoor public places. However, smoking is allowed in designated areas in indoor workplaces. In practice, smoking is permitted in designated smoking areas in only those workplaces that are office settings. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas of the following: health institutions, educational institutions, sports arenas and facilities, recreational places other than beaches to which the public has access, bus stands, and bus stations. Sub-national jurisdictions may enact smoke free laws that are more stringent than the national law.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Most forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship are prohibited, with a few exceptions. Product displays are prohibited with the exception of duty-free shops in airports. Internet sales of tobacco products are also permitted. All forms of financial or other tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of eight required graphic health warnings must occupy 60 percent of the front (in French) and 70 percent of the back (in English) of cigarette packages. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” is prohibited. Qualitative statements on constituents and emissions are not required, but regulations prohibit emission yields such as tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide from being displayed on tobacco product packaging.
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 Mauritius meet these recommendations.