Nepal

   

Brief Overview

The Tobacco Product Control and Regulatory Directive of 2014 bans the sale (including single unit sale), use, advertising, promotion, sponsorship, importation, manufacture and distribution of all e-cigarette products.

Having said that, e-cigarette products may be found among other products in a few small outlets. A few personal online reports have also stated that bringing e-cigarette products into the country in carry-on luggage has not posed an issue, although there is of course still a high risk of these products being confiscated.

If you choose to use an e-cigarette in Nepal, we suggest that you 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

Nepal became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 5, 2007.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited on public transport and in a specified list of public places, which includes most workplaces and public places. However, the law allows managers of airports, prisons, and hotels to designate smoking areas. While generally the smoking area in a hotel must be outside, the regulations allow the smoking area to be inside if outside space is not available. With respect to outdoor areas, pilgrimage and religious places, stadiums, outdoor areas of industries and factories, and children’s parks and clubs also must be smoke free.

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

Smoking is Restricted

Hotels/lodging – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

Hotels/lodgings – guest rooms

100% Smoke Free

Prisons/detention facilities – public areas

Smoking is Restricted

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)

Smoking is Restricted

Private homes or vehicles

Smoking is Restricted

Libraries

100% Smoke Free

Public toilets

100% Smoke Free

Pilgrimage and religious places

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/nepal/laws

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

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

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