Smoking not to be allowed in cafes and public spaces from May 1 in Tbilisi
01 May, 2018
Smoking not to be allowed in cafes and public spaces from May 1 in Tbilisi
The law on tobacco control will come into force starting from May 1 in Georgia. The law on the prohibition of smoking, including electric cigarettes, will come into force in places of public areas. The only exceptions are the place of residence of natural persons, specialized laboratory equipment studying tobacco smoke, penitentiary establishments, cigar-bars, casinos, airport transit zones and preliminary detention isolators.

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 legal entities will be fined GEL 500 for the violation of the rules, in case of repeated violation- GEL 1000, while natural persons - will be charged GEL 50 and in case of repeated violation- GEL 100.
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The law on tobacco control will come into force starting from today in Georgia

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.

As adopted and with its full implementation, this law will be one of the strongest tobacco control laws in the WHO (World Health Organization) European Region and beyond. The legislation may be considered a “next generation tobacco control law”, as in addition to all the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) time-bound measures, it also contains plain packaging rules.
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Provisions include a comprehensive smoking ban

The author of the package of amendments to the Tobacco Control Law is Guguli Maghradze, a member of the ruling party Georgian Dream.

Maghradze’s initiative initially planned to ban smoking in public places from September 1, 2017. In fact, the previous bill envisioned the prohibition of smoking in all buildings except houses and prisons.
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A new national tobacco control law was adopted by The Parliament of Georgia on May 17, 2017

According to the data published by National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, 11,000 people die in Georgia every year due to smoking tobacco and 6 million people in total around the globe.
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Around 1.5 million Georgians are active smokers, and 15 percent are underage

At present, around 1.5 million Georgians are active smokers, of whom 15 percent are underage children.
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35% of the population are smokers, including women and children

35% of the population are smokers, including women and children. The members of Parliament of Georgia suppose that after the law enters into force, the number of smokers in the country will decrease.

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