Nepal - New tobacco control bill approved

A new tobacco control bill - the Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Bill, 2010 - was approved by Nepal’s legislature, the Constituent Assembly, on 11 April 2011.

Major features of the new law include a complete ban on smoking in public places, workplaces and public transportation. It also bans the sale of individual cigarettes, prohibits unlicensed vendors from selling tobacco products, deems tobacco sales to minors (under 18 years of age) and pregnant women as offenses, and requires tobacco companies to cover 75% of cigarette and other tobacco product packaging space with pictorial health warnings. The law also introduces a health tax on tobacco products, and a total ban on tobacco advertisements, promotion and sponsorship in any form. The law supports the provision of punishments and penalties for violation of these new regulations.

In addition, the law establishes a tobacco control committee under the chairmanship of the health secretary, comprised of relevant stakeholders.

More information is available from Mr Badri Bahadur Khadka, Chief, Health Education and Promotion Section and Tobacco and Non-communicable Disease Control Section, National Health Education, Information & Communication Centre, Ministry of Health and Population (