Fiji - Cabinet approves Tobacco Control Decree

The Cabinet has approved a new Tobacco Control Decree in December 2010.

The Decree restricts advertising, sponsorship, and promotion of tobacco products; regulates the labelling of tobacco-product containers, restricts the nicotine and tar content of cigarettes; and bans the sale of cigarettes to persons younger than 18 years of age.

The Decree also restricts smoking and the selling of cigarettes in certain public places, including bus stations and Internet shops; promotes the mandatory registration of wholesalers, retailers and distributors of tobacco products in Fiji, as well as the licensing of tobacco manufacturers and importers in order to prevent illicit trade in tobacco products. The Minister for Health will determine the effective dates of the different sections of the Decree, which will be implemented in stages.