Egypt

Project and Country Background

Browse packs from Egypt

Egypt has a population of 102.3 million people; 24.0 percent of the adult population (15+, age standardized) and 10.1 percent of the youth population (13-15 years old) smoke tobacco products.¹ ² ³ An estimated 74,032 people in Egypt died in 2019 from diseases caused by smoking.⁴

TPackSS worked with in-country collaborators to purchase tobacco products in three major cities: Cairo, Alexandria and Mansoura. Within each city, packs were collected from a sample of 12 economically and socially diverse neighborhoods. Data collectors purchased one of every unique cigarette pack available from vendors selected in each neighborhood. From November 26 to December 6, 2013, data collectors purchased 58 unique cigarette packs. 

The tobacco packaging and labeling requirements in effect at the time of data collection were used to assess each tobacco pack’s compliance with the requirements.

Suggested Citation for Information on this Page: Tobacco Pack Surveillance System (TPackSS). Egypt: Project and Country Background. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. http://globaltobaccocontrol.org/tpackss/country/egypt [Insert Last Updated Date].


Packaging and Labeling Requirements Summary

Data collection dates Type of warning Warning label size and layout Number of warnings to be displayed Rotation Rules for misleading descriptors Other requirements

Nov. 26 to Dec. 6, 2013

[58 unique packs]

Picture and Text

50% of front, 50% of back

4

All labels displayed concurrently and are intended to be changed every 6 months

Some restrictions

Requires the quantity of tar and nicotine be displayed

Tobacco packaging and labeling in Egypt is regulated by Law No. 52 of 1981 Concerning the Prevention of the Adverse Effects of Tobacco. Law No. 85 of 2002, Law No. 154 of 2007, Decree No. 443 of 2008 and Executive Bylaw of Law No. 52 of 1981 amend or build on Law No. 52 of 1981. In addition, there are many other laws and decrees that supplement Law No. 52 of 1981 and the legislation that followed.⁵


  1. WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, Country profile Egypt. (2021). Retrieved April 18, 2021 from https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/tobacco-egy-2021-country-profile
  2. WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products. Web Annex 10 WHO prevalence estimates. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. from https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-HEP-HPR-TFI-2021.10
  3. WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2021: addressing new and emerging products. Web Annex 11.3 Youth surveys-tobacco use and smoking. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2021. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO. from https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-HEP-HPR-TFI-2021.11.3
  4. Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 (GBD 2019) Results by Location, Cause, and Risk Factor. Retrieved April 18, 2022 from https://vizhub.healthdata.org/gbd-compare/
  5. Tobacco Control Laws Country Details for Egypt: Packaging and Labeling. (2020). Retrieved April 18, 2022 from http://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/country/egypt/pl-health-warnings