Lebanon

   

Brief Overview

The Health Ministry of Lebanon has banned all importation and sale of e-cigarette products.

While this ban does not specifically cover use and possession, it is currently not legally possible to come across these products in Lebanon, whether through purchase or by bringing them with you in your luggage or on your person.

Having said that, since Lebanon produced somewhat of a vaping market and community prior to the ban, there are still a number of sellers and trading communities (now black market) throughout the country. Use of these services is illegal.

If you do happen to possess an e-cigarette in Lebanon, we strongly advise that you do not use it in public, or 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

Lebanon became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in hospitals, health centers, schools, cinemas, theaters, public libraries, museums, governmental and non-governmental public premises, means of transportation, arrivals and departures halls at airports, enclosed stadiums, lecture-halls and any other place deemed by the Minister as public. The law fails to list all indoor public places and workplaces, so smoking is restricted or completely unrestricted in some places. Further, the law authorizes the Minister of Health to allow designated smoking areas in public places. The Ministry of Health has allowed a phase-in of the smoking ban in restaurants. The current policy is that 50 percent of seats must be reserved for non-smokers. The Ministry has not yet allowed smoking rooms in other places.

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All indoor workplaces

Smoking is Restricted

All indoor public places

Smoking is Restricted

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

Smoking is Restricted

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

Elevators

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/lebanon/laws

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

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

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