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Timor-Leste

Tobacco Control Policies

Timor-Leste became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on March 22, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in many indoor public places, workplaces, and on public transportation, but is permitted in designated smoking areas in certain places, including airports, government facilities, and boats intended for transportation of passengers.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law prohibits many forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, with exceptions for point of sale product display. However, at times, the scope of the restriction is unclear. At points of sale, products may not be displayed where they are directly accessible to consumers, though visibility is allowed. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship, but it is unclear whether publicity of permitted sponsorship is prohibited under the law.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: All tobacco product packaging must display one of six combined text and pictorial health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and 100 percent of the back of the package. In addition, a text warning must cover 100 percent of the top and and at least 80 percent of the bottom of the package. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “light” and “less tar” 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 Timor-Leste are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Uncertain
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • No
  • Bars and pubs
  • Yes
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Uncertain
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
  • Uncertain
  • Retail product display
  • No
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • Uncertain
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 6
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 93%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 85%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 100%
  • 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
  • USD
  • 2.00
  • Total taxes
  • 22%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 2.00
  • Total excise
  • 19%

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: March 6, 2020