Kosovo adopts strong and comprehensive tobacco control law

Kosovo (in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999)) has adopted a comprehensive tobacco control law in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). The measures include:

  • 100% smoke-free indoor public places, workplaces, and public transportation, as well as specified outdoor areas, with some minor exceptions;
  • comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, including a ban on retail tobacco product displays;
  • graphic health warnings on both sides of the pack;
  • ban on misleading packaging, including descriptors such as ‘light’ and ‘low’;
  • prohibition on sales to and by minors;
  • ban on sales in health, education, and athletic facilities;
  • granting power to the Ministry of Health authority to ban ingredients;
  • constituents and emissions limits with reporting requirements for manufacturers; and
  • cessation and education measures, include 45 minutes each month of mandatory programming on public radio and television.

Additionally, among the range of measures is the strongest protection against tobacco industry interference, based on Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC.