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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Wednesday, 5 October, Saeima’s Legal Affairs Committee conceptually supported amendments to the Latvian Code of Administrative Violations. These amendments are associated with requirements of the new Tobacco Products Circulation Law.

The legal draft provides for administrative liability for smoking in the presence of others. According to the new Tobacco Products Circulation Law, it is prohibited to smoke in the presence of children and in public places if other people protest against it. Breach of this smoking restriction will carry a fine of up to EUR 15, as BNN was told by Saeima press-service.

It is also planned to add administrative liability for selling tobacco products to minors. Breach of this restriction will be punishable with a fine of EUR 280 – EUR 350 for private persons and EUR 700 – EUR 1,400 for legal persons.

The legal draft also provides punishment for releasing cigarette packs containing less than 20 cigarettes. It is also planned to adopt punishment for releasing tobacco products without informing responsible institutions in advance.

Amendments have to be viewed by the Saeima in three readings.

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