Panama is a Smoke-Free Country
If you’re a smoker and planning a trip to Panama, you need to know that there is no smoking allowed in most public places in Panama. This includes no smoking when you are walking down the street. There are very few designated smoking areas where you will be allowed to smoke.
All hotels are smoke free. Some hotels will have a small smoking area outside and away from the entrance. Hotels do not allow smoking in any hotel room or on the balcony.
All casinos are smoke-free.
Many apartment and condo complexes do not allow smoking on the balcony.
In addition, smoking is not allowed within a specified distance of doorways, outdoor patios of bars or restaurants, parks/beaches, outdoor stadiums, and outdoor markets. These rules apply to vaping too.
When you arrive at Tocumen International Airport you will be greeted by the sign below which spells out where you cannot smoke. Panama is hoping to be a completely smoke-free country someday soon. For now, you can still buy cigarettes in Panama but it’s possible that Panama could ban the sale of cigarettes.
Every package of cigarettes will have advertising on the front and back to try to convince you not to smoke cigarettes: