The Regulatory Change

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services, through the Tobacco Control (Amendment) Regulations 2019, has given official notice that the nation’s current tobacco and suki vendors, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, distributors and importers must apply for their licences and registrations by month’s end (31 March 2019).

This extension to the application window is being afforded due to the feedback that was raised during this year’s budget consultations. Meanwhile, this is a one-off extension and should not be expected in the future.

The Regulations require all relevant parties, regardless of size, to file their applications with the Permanent Secretary for Health & Medical Services before this extended deadline in order to obtain their licence/registration. No exceptions will be made.


The regulatory changes, published in today’s Gazette, have come into immediate effect.