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Tanzania

Tobacco Control Policies

Tanzania became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on July 29, 2007. 

Smoke Free Places: Designated smoking areas or rooms are allowed in all indoor public places, workplaces and on public transport. Sub-national jurisdictions may pass more stringent legislation than the national law.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law prohibits tobacco advertising and promotion via domestic and cross-border TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, and internet communications. Other forms of advertising are permitted, such as some outdoor advertising, advertising at the point of sale, and product display. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of ten authorized text-only health messages must be displayed on 30 percent of the front and back surfaces of tobacco product packaging. (The sale of smokeless tobacco products is prohibited.) The law prohibits packaging that is likely to create an erroneous impression about the characteristics or health hazards of the tobacco product or its emissions, but the law could be strengthened by specifically prohibiting terms, numbers, colors, and figurative or other signs that may be misleading or deceptive.

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 Tanzania are well below these recommendations.

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • No
  • Private offices
  • Uncertain
  • 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
  • No
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Outdoor advertising
  • No
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • No
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • 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
  • 10
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 30%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 30%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 30%
  • 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
  • TZS
  • 3500.00
  • Total taxes
  • 32%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 1.54
  • Total excise
  • 17%

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 18, 2019