Turkmenistan’s comprehensive Vape ban aims to become a smoke-free country by 2025

On June 8, Turkmenistan’s President Serdar Berdymukhamedov called for intensifying the fight against the sale and use of illegally imported cigarettes, tobacco accessories, hookahs, and e-cigarettes at a working session of the National Security Council, Turkmenistan’s TV news program reported.


Turkmenistan’s Interior Minister Muhammet Hydyrov presented the results of control operations at border crossings and the number of seizures of illegally smuggled tobacco products at a working session of the Security Council. According to media reports, those who violated the law on smuggling have been punished in accordance with state law. State television said that about 20 young people were arrested at the border last week on charges of “smuggling tobacco, hookah, and e-cigarette products”.


After hearing the information, Berdymukhamedov stressed the need to combat the sale and use of illegally imported cigarettes, tobacco accessories, hookahs, and e-cigarette vapor.


He noted that:

“Our country is committed to contributing to a tobacco-free world. Considering the implemented national policies, the anti-tobacco campaign has achieved unprecedented scale and impact.”


Berdymukhamedov proposed strict control of the supply chain and the development of preventive legal measures. He entrusted the interior minister and military agencies to work with law enforcement agencies in a coordinated operation to stop the spread, use and import of the product.


Until then, the country’s retail stores have removed disposable e-cigarettes, e-cigarette devices, vape oils and other parts from their shelves. But there were no official regulatory documents issued, and sellers verbally informed customers that they had been banned from sale.


The fight against smoking in Turkmenistan began in 1998, when advertising of tobacco products was banned. Shortly thereafter, smoking was banned in the country’s universities, and in 2000, smoking was banned in public places, streets, administrative buildings and military facilities, and two years later, smoking by drivers was banned.


Turkmenistan acceded to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in the spring of 2011 and signed the Turkmenistan Plan to Combat Smoking 2012-2016 six months later. in April 2017, the Head of State approved the National Plan for the Implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in Turkmenistan for 2017-2021.


In 2022, Turkmenistan’s parliament passed a resolution to achieve the goal of being tobacco-free by 2025.