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Tobacco Control Policies

The State of Palestine is not a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Smoke Free Places: The law enumerates types of indoor public places and indoor workplaces that are smoke free. Although this list is broad, some types of places may be intentionally or inadvertently excluded from the list. Public transportation is smoke free. Some outdoor places - including the yards of schools and nursery schools, and gas stations and gas cylinder points of sale - are smoke free.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a ban on direct advertising and some forms of promotion; however, some types of indirect advertising and promotion escape the ban. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: A single text warning must occupy 20 percent of the front of all tobacco product packages. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as "low tar," "light" or "very light" and other signs, 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 excise taxes in Palestine meet 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
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • No
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 1
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 10%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 20%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 0%
  • 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
  • ILS
  • 22.00
  • Total taxes
  • 83%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 6.00
  • Total excise
  • 70%

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. Tax information provided applies only to the West Bank.

Last updated: October 20, 2020