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Amendments proposed to protect children from smoking

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 7 April, drafts developed by Healthcare Ministry were viewed during the meeting of the State Secretaries. Amendments were proposed to be added to the Protection of the Rights of the Child Law to coordinate principles and regulations of the draft On Tobacco Products, Electronic Cigarettes Circulation.

According to the current order of the Protection of the Rights of the Child Law, children are not allowed to smoke and consume alcoholic beverages. It is also prohibited to sell tobacco products and alcoholic beverages to children. Considering that there are many smoking products and devices on the market that can simulate the process of smoking, it is planned to amend the law to prohibit children from using smoking devices and plant products used for smoking, as reported by Healthcare Ministry.

Amendments are also proposed for the Advertisement Law in order to make sure advertisements of tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other products are not allowed to be addressed toward children.

The Cabinet of Ministers and the Saeima will have to approve amendments before they can come into force.

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