National Law

The Control of Smoking and Consumption of Tobacco Product Law

(Approved on 04 May 2006)


President’s Office Letter No. 36(1)/7 “Instruction for Government Offices”

Smoke-free or Not?

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

1. Allows designated smoking areas in the following places:

  • Buildings of offices and departments
  • Buildings of factories and workshops
  • Buildings of hotels, motels, guest houses and lodging houses
  • Buildings of railway stations, airports, ports and highway bus terminals
  • Restaurants
  • Trains and vessels for passenger transport
  • Other public buildings, rooms and places prescribed through notification by the Ministry of Health
(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.