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Qatar

Tobacco Control Policies

Qatar became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places “set forth by a decision of the Minister.” However, an implementing decree has not yet been issued specifying the places where smoking is prohibited. Therefore, there are currently no restrictions on smoking in indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and on public transport.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law generally prohibits the advertising and promotion of tobacco products, with the exception of point of sale product display. The law prohibits all forms of tobacco sponsorship; however, the law fails to define sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Tobacco products must carry a combined text and picture warning that occupies no less than 50 percent of the front and back of the package. The law does not contain specific rotation requirements, instead stating that warnings are to be updated “as required by the public interest.” Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “low tar,” 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 Qatar are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • No
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • No
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • No
  • Restaurants
  • No
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • 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
  • 4
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Uncertain
  • % 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
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 50%
  • 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
  • QAR
  • 10.00
  • Total taxes
  • 40%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 2.75
  • 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, 2019. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/

Last updated: December 8, 2020