Rada to ban e-cigarettes and vapes from public spaces
Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, is to ban the use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices in public spaces, the Health Ministry of Ukraine told the press on Dec. 16.
Under an anti-smoking bill, №4358, passed on Dec. 16 by Ukraine’s parliament, e-cigarettes and vaping devices are classed as regular tobacco products and will fall under the same restrictions as other smoking products when the law comes into effect in 18 months.
A total of 317 out of parliament’s 423 current MPs voted in favor of the bill.
The specific provisions of the bill include:
● Banning e-cigarette and vape fluid advertising and promotion.
● A fine of UAH 1,020 for selling e-cigarettes to minors, increasing to UAH 10,200 in the case of repeated offenses within 12 months.
● Banning the use of e-cigarettes in public.
● Expanding the list of places in which the use of various tobacco products (including hookahs, smoke-free and non-combusted products) is prohibited.
Also under the bill, health warnings on cigarettes are to cover at least 65 percent of the pack, up from 50 percent, and have to include images and text. For e-cigarettes and vape fluids, at least 30 percent of the packaging will have to be covered by health warnings.
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