World No Tobacco Day: Those Countries Where Bans Are Strongest

Published 2019-05-31 12:47

On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, looks back on those countries that have the strictest bans on tobacco.



Although Uruguay has just legalized the use of cannabis, it is not ready to reconsider its position on tobacco. Indeed, in 2006, the government of this country issued a law prohibiting smoking in public places. Although in their homes, people can still enjoy a cigarette, there are aggressive campaigns in this country against tobacco and especially against smoking in front of children. In addition, advertising for tobacco is prohibited and a law also requires tobacco packages to be completely neutral. A study conducted before and after bans found that there has been a decrease in the number of heart attacks recorded.

Costa Rica

It is forbidden to smoke in public places in Costa Rica. In addition, in the country all forms of advertising for tobacco is prohibited and the sale of packages of less than 20 cigarettes is also prohibited. The tobacco tax is also very strong. If the country still had a fairly prominent cigarette culture, the observed compliance rate is relatively high.


In Colombia, smoking is prohibited in public: in hospitals, universities, offices, restaurants, pubs, as well as in public transport. In addition, there is a tax of 35.72% on tobacco in Colombia and advertising for cigarettes is also prohibited. Only 30% of a pack of cigarettes can be covered in design in Colombia.


Public smoking is not completely banned in Malaysia. However, there are many laws that aim to deter smoking. For example, the tobacco tax is 47.06% in Malaysia. Advertisements are also prohibited.


Bhutan is the only country in the world to ban the sale of cigarette production and was also the first country in 2004 to ban smoking in public places.