National Law

Lao PDR Tobacco Control Law of 2009

(Approved on 26 November 2003)

Smoke-free or Not?

(Barriers in moving towards a 100% Smoke-free Environment based on the FCTC Article 8 Guidelines)

1. The Tobacco Control Law of 2009 allows the designation of smoking areas in the following:

  • State and private offices;
  • Trade centers, department stores, guesthouses, hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues and markets;
  • Public places and crowded places such as passenger waiting halls, sport practice places and stadiums, clubs, temples, churches and public parks.
(Non Compliant with the Article 8 Guidelines, Principle 1: Total elimination of smoking and tobacco smoke in a particular space or environment is required to effectively provide protection from exposure to tobacco smoke, as well as to create a 100% smoke-free environment. Principle 2: All people should be protected from exposure to tobacco smoke. All indoor workplaces and indoor public places should be smoke-free.)
1 FCTC Art. 8 Guidelines para. 24 provides that Parties have a continuous obligation to remove any exemptions as soon as possible, and each party should strive to provide universal protection within five years of the WHO Framework Convention’s entry into force for that Party.