Smoking bans to come into effect from May in Georgia
28 February, 2018
Smoking bans to come into effect from May in Georgia
From May 1, 2018, the law on tobacco control will come into force in Georgia, that along other things bans on smoking in public places, including hotels and restaurants.

The law on the prohibition of smoking, including electric cigarettes, will enter into force in places of public areas. The only exceptions are establishments specially created for smoking - for example cigar-bars.
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Provisions include a comprehensive smoking ban

Provisions include a comprehensive smoking ban (including e-cigarettes and Hookah) in enclosed public
spaces, workplaces and public transport, an extensive ban on the display of tobacco products at point of sale and standardized packaging.

For the first time, the spaces and buildings will be fined GEL 500 for the violation of the rules, in case of repeated violation by GEL 1000, while natural persons will be charged GEL 100.
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For the first time, the spaces and buildings will be fined GEL 500

In public transports, the drivers or the owners of the transport will be fined by GEL 500, in case of repeated violation the fine will amount to GEL 1000.

The amount of the fines is lower in case of the passengers of the public transport-the individuals will be fined GEL 50, in case of repeated violation – GEL 100.
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The individuals will be fined GEL 50

As of 2020, the ban will be extended to cover also stadiums and hotels with exemptions for private houses, penitential system, licensed casinos, designated smoking areas in transit areas of airports. smoking of cigars in licensed bars. Special smoking places may be arranged in psychiatric or palliative clinics.

A new national tobacco control law was adopted by The Parliament of Georgia on May 17, 2017. It was signed by the President of Georgia on May 30, 2017.

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