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Namibia

Tobacco Control Policies

Namibia became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 5, 2006.
 
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in virtually all indoor public places and indoor workplaces, and on all means of public transportation. Smoking is also prohibited in certain outdoor areas including: (1) outdoor areas of private dwellings used for any commercial childcare activity or for schooling or tutoring; and (2) outdoor areas a distance of two meters from windows, ventilation inlets, and entrances and exits of public places and workplaces.
 
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Nearly all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion are prohibited. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.
 
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Rotating health warnings are comprised of text and pictures and cover 50 percent of the front and 60 percent of the back of packages. The use of misleading terms, descriptors, and other signs that directly or indirectly creates an impression that one tobacco product is less harmful than another on tobacco product packaging is banned. Qualitative statements on constituents and emissions are required. However, the law also requires that the emission yields such as tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide be displayed on tobacco product packaging and this may mislead consumers into believing one tobacco product is safer than another.
 
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 Namibia 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?
  • 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
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • No
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 12
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Uncertain
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 55%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 50%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 60%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • Uncertain
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • NAD
  • 50.00
  • Total taxes
  • 44%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 3.80
  • Total excise
  • 31%

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 29, 2020