Lebanon bans indoor smoking and tobacco advertising


Lebanon’s Parliament Wednesday endorsed a law banning smoking in all enclosed public places, including restaurants, bars, cafes and offices.

The law was presented for vote with an amendment that would fine owners of businesses if they fail to implement the smoking ban and will also fine individuals who violate the ban.

Under the new law tobacco advertising and promotion will be illegal, including billboards, magazine advertisements and tobacco company sponsorship of events and concerts. The bill also calls for a pictorial warning of the dangers of smoking covering 40 percent of the surface of the pack.

The law also makes smoking on board commercial flights illegal.

Hotels are allowed to set aside 10 to 20 percent of their rooms for smokers.

Lebanon has been obligated to pass tobacco control legislation since it is a signatory to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which became effective in 2005.