The Seimas banned the public display of smokers and legalized specialized tobacco shops

The Seimas banned the public display of smokers and legalized specialized tobacco shops
The Seimas banned the public display of smokers and legalized specialized tobacco shops

On Thursday, parliamentarians adopted amendments to the Law on Control of Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Related Products registered in 2019: 44 members of the Seimas voted in favor, 13 were against, and 17 abstained.

It will be possible to sell only tobacco products and related goods in specialized shops, but they will not be able to be displayed in external windows.

In other stores, it will be forbidden to publicly display such products – only the names of the smokers and the prices of the pack or pack will be allowed.

“Valstietis” Aurelijs Veryga is convinced that the new order will protect minors more from marketing and advertising.

After deliberation, the Seimas approved the amendments back in June 2020, but due to the upcoming parliamentary elections in the fall, they were never approved at the initiative of the “peasants”.

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The Seimas tightened the virtual trade in cigarettes and alcohol from abroad

On Thursday, the Seimas also decided to allow the blocking of online sales of electronic cigarettes and alcohol from 2023, when the sellers are located abroad.

This aims to protect the Lithuanian market from e. cigarettes with flavors and aromas. These smokers are expected to be less accessible to minors.

On Thursday, the Seimas adopted the amendments to the Law on Control of Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Products Related to it prepared by conservative Vytautas Kernagis: 93 Seimas members voted for it, three were against, and 13 abstained.

The Department of Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control will be able to oblige public electronic communication network service providers to urgently remove advertising of tobacco products and related goods intended for the Lithuanian market or information about distance selling of cigarettes.

V. Kernagis is convinced that such additional restrictions are necessary, because traders are trying to circumvent the current restrictions in every possible way.

Since July of this year, the Seimas has banned e-cigarettes of various flavors. cigarettes – it is allowed to sell only cigarettes with tobacco taste and smell. Trade e. cigarettes for minors and online are also prohibited, however, according to V. Kernagis, minors can buy these cigarettes online without restriction.

Of the 16 samples tested in Denmark by order of the Consumer Rights Protection Authority (VVTAT), 15 detected other odors than tobacco. The service of these e. cigarette sellers have been asked by December 6 to provide information on the next steps, as well as how many such cigarettes have been sold, what is their balance, whether it will be destroyed or whether they will be withdrawn from the market.

Saulius Aviža, representative of the Electronic Cigarette Association, questioned the research conducted in Denmark this week in the Seimas.

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