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Mauritius to slap tougher regulations on multibillion-Rupee tobacco market

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Mauritius to slap tougher regulations on multibillion-Rupee tobacco market

Mauritius is gearing up to roll out a new set of stricter tobacco regulations in a bid to cut down the number of smokers on the island.

The regulations will include restrictions on the use, sale, importation, manufacturing and distribution of tobacco products. 

According to available data, the cigarettes market in Mauritius was equal to USD91 million (more that Rs3.9billion) calculated in retail prices in 2015.

Until 2025, the cigarettes market in Mauritius is forecast to reach USD123.92 million (Rs5.4billion) in retail prices.

The average consumption in value terms reached USD72.04 (Rs3,140) per capita in retail prices in 2015. 

Approving amendments to Public Health (Restrictions on Tobacco Products) Regulations, Mauritius’ Cabinet said the new laws will also prohibit new vendors to operate within a radius of 200 metres around educational, sports and leisure facilities.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described the upcoming regulations as ground-breaking.

Here are some key amendments:

  • Standardised plain packaging for tobacco products
  • New set of combined graphic health warnings that will now cover 70- 100% of available display areas on tobacco packaging
  • More locations and public areas to become smoke-free 
  • Stricter restrictions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • Introduction of new import and sales restrictions
  • New reporting requirements for tobacco manufacturers and importers
  • Reduced ignition propensity standards for cigarettes.

“Mauritius is one of two countries in 2022 to notify WHO of the adoption of plain packaging Regulations in the African Region,” the WHO said.

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