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Mauritius

Tobacco Control Policies

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.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Uncertain
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 65%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 60%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 70%
  • 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
  • MUR
  • 145.00
  • Total taxes
  • 84%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 4.25
  • Total excise
  • 71%

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: September 17, 2019