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Venezuela

Tobacco Control Policies

Venezuela became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on September 25, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places, indoor workplaces and public transportation.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: There is a comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising and promotion, including point of sale product display. In addition, all forms of tobacco sponsorship are prohibited.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: One of 12 authorized rotating and combined text and image warnings must appear on each package of cigarettes. The combined text and image must occupy 100 percent of one principal display area, and the text alone must occupy 30 percent of the other principal display area of the package. Warnings must be shown on packaging of cigarettes only, not other tobacco products. Misleading packaging and labeling, including terms such as “low”, “ultra-low”, “mild”, and “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 Venezuela are 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
  • 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
  • 12
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 65%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 30%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 100%
  • 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
  • VES
  • 300.00
  • Total taxes
  • 73%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.00
  • Total excise
  • 68%

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 24, 2020