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The government approved a bill to amend and supplement the Law on Tobacco, Tobacco and Related Products. It aims to bring national legislation into line with a European directive, as well as to increase consumer awareness of the risks of their use.
It is planned to introduce a ban on the offer and sale of heated tobacco products with characteristic taste-aromatic qualities or containing flavorings in any of their constituent parts, such as filters, paper, packaging, capsules, or other technical elements that enable to change their smell or taste or the intensity of their smoke or aerosol.
The law provides that tobacco products that do not meet the requirements and were placed on the market before its entry into force may continue to be offered and sold until the quantities are exhausted, but no later than January 1, 2024.
Europe wants to ban flavored heated tobacco products
A similar possibility is provided for heated tobacco products that do not meet the requirements of the law and were manufactured or placed on the market until October 23, 2023. They will continue to be offered and
sold while supplies last, but no later than January 1, 2024.
Currently, products containing nicotine, including in the form of packets (pouches), are sold freely. The current legislation does not regulate them, as well as their sale. With the new changes in the bill, it is envisaged that they will be defined as related to tobacco.