On May 1 2018 new tobacco control legislation comes into effect in Georgia
On 1 May 2018 new tobacco control legislation comes into effect in Georgia. From this date enclosed public and workplaces are to be smoke free and advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco prohibited. Entry into force of further provisions of the law will gradually follow.
In response to a high prevalence of tobacco use and related burden the Georgian Parliament significantly amended tobacco control regulations. Passed in May 2017, the new legislation is considered one of the strongest tobacco control laws in the WHO European Region.
This next generation tobacco control law includes the implementation of the following key provisions in 2018 and over the next few years:
►prohibition on smoking (including e-cigarettes and hookah) in all enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces and public vehicles;
►ban on advertisement, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products;
►ban on tobacco point-of-sale and retail display;
►enforcement of health warnings covering 65% of smoking tobacco packaging and inclusion of an information leaflet with e-cigarettes;
►enforcement of plain packaging of tobacco products;
►protection of state tobacco control policy from interference by the tobacco industry and regulation of relations between the state and the industry;
►classification of e-cigarettes with nicotine as a tobacco product;
►ban on retail sales of tobacco products via the internet, mail and drive-in tobacco points.
The new law is the result of work over several years by national and international partners. Key milestones along the way included the strengthening of the taxation system for tobacco in 2016 and the establishment of the Health Promotion and Prevention Board of the Parliamentary Health Care and Social Issues Committee, which coordinates the development and implementation of the consolidated action plan for law implementation.
Georgia’s ambitious target is to decrease tobacco use among people aged 18 years and older to 20% by 2030. In 2016, tobacco use in this age group stood at 31%.