Laos

      

Brief Overview

As of a 2014 country report on Laos by the World Health Organization there are currently no bans or regulations on e-cigarettes.

Some e-cigarette products can be found in Vientiane usually alongside other products in small retail stores, along with some products being sold at night markets. These may or may not be of good quality, so we suggest bringing your own devices and e-liquids with you.

Although there are no specific e-cigarette usage laws, we suggest that you at least abide by current smoking laws until further information is gathered from the embassy. (Available in the tab below)

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All Laws & Regulations

Laos became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on December 5, 2006.

Smoke Free Places: Indoor public places, indoor workplaces, and public transportation are smoke free. Although the law specifies some places where designated smoking areas are required, implementing legislation clarifies that designated smoking areas must be outdoors and at least 10 meters away from doors and windows of the building. Smoking is prohibited in outdoor areas of educational and healthcare facilities, and restricted in outdoor stadiums and parks.

All indoor workplaces

100% Smoke Free

All indoor public places

100% Smoke Free

All public transport

100% Smoke Free

Government facilities

100% Smoke Free

Hospitals

100% Smoke Free

Residential healthcare facilities – public areas

100% Smoke Free

Non-residential healthcare facilities

100% Smoke Free

Childcare facilities/preschools

100% Smoke Free

Primary and secondary schools

100% Smoke Free

Universities/vocational facilities

100% Smoke Free

Shops

100% Smoke Free

Cultural facilities

100% Smoke Free

Indoor stadium/arenas

100% Smoke Free

Restaurants

100% Smoke Free

Bars/pubs/nightclubs

100% Smoke Free

Casinos

100% Smoke Free

Hotels/lodging – public areas

100% Smoke Free

Hotels/lodgings – guest rooms

100% Smoke Free

Prisons/detention facilities – public areas

100% Smoke Free

Trains, buses and other shared ground transportation other than taxis

100% Smoke Free

Taxis (for-hire vehicle)

100% Smoke Free

Commercial aircraft

100% Smoke Free

Commercial watercraft

100% Smoke Free

Public transport facilities (waiting areas for mass transit)

100% Smoke Free

Private offices

100% Smoke Free

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.

Relevant Links & Articles

Tobacco Control Laws: https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/laos/laws

World Health Organization Tobacco Report: http://www.who.int/tobacco/surveillance/policy/country_profile/lao.pdf?ua=1

Tobacco Atlas Information: http://www.tobaccoatlas.org/country-data/lao-pdr/

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