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Latvian Saeima supports in second reading sale of tobacco products using price lists

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOn Thursday, 21 February, the Saeima supported in the second reading amendments to the Law on the Handling of Tobacco Products. These changes state stores will no longer be allowed showcase tobacco products on shelves. Instead tobacco products will be sold using price lists, as reported by Saeima’s press-service.

The redaction of the proposed legislative draft provides for prohibiting retail stores from showcasing tobacco products for consumers to see. This requirement will apply to tobacco products, plant products for smoking, electronic smoking devices and their refill substances, as well as price tags.

To ensure consumers are informed of such products’ availability in stores, consumers will have to request being shown a price list, which will include information on the product’s name, price and remaining units in stock, the parliament notes.

The new requirement will not apply to tax-free stores, cruise ships and specialized stores located in separated rooms and with a separate entrance.

The proposal to hide tobacco products from the eyes of consumers is mainly intended for young people and people who want to quit smoking. Similar trade restrictions on tobacco products are present in other EU countries.

At the same time, law amendments state that images associated with Latvia, as well as images of people or cartoons will not be allowed to be put on cigarette packages, notes Saeima’s press-service.

Changes to the law were proposed because based on the World Health Organization’s General Guidelines for Monitoring of Tobacco Products, promotion of smoking products and devices is a form of advertisement, which is not allowed.

This legislative draft is one of many left from the last Saeima.


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