Morocco: a bill to punish the sale of cigarettes to under 18s

The group of the Popular Movement (MP) in the House of Representatives have presented a bill concerning the criminalization of the sale of cigarettes to under 18 years.

The MP group indicated in its presentation that the under-15s represent 13% of smokers in Morocco, which is equal to 500,000 children between the ages of 10 and 15. The figures are quite alarming, as we know that 48% of smokers are between 15 and 19 years old, and that may well increase in the absence of any legal control at this level.

Through its bill, the MP aims to complement the law No. 15-91, on the prohibition of smoking and advertising and propaganda for tobacco in certain places.

The Harakists have also called, in their proposal, for the establishment of fines ranging from 1000 to 2000 dirhams for any individual selling cigarettes or tobacco products to minors.

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