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. Most hotels will have a smoking area outside and away from the entrance. Hotels do not allow smoking in any hotel rooms. All casinos are smoke free. 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 applies 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 some day 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: