Below is a summary from Professor Priscilla Reddy in respect of the proposed amendments presented in the draft Tobacco Control Bill released by the Department of Health on the 9th may 2018.
(As introduced in the National Assembly (proposed section 76); explanatory summary of Bill published in Government Gazette No. 41617 of 9 May 2018)
1. A zero-tolerance policy on in-door smoking in public areas (including the removal of designated smoking areas in restaurants)
2. A ban on outdoor smoking in certain public areas;
3. The removal of all signage on cigarette packaging aside from the brand name and warning stickers
4. Cigarettes may no longer be publicly displayed by retailers.
5. A ban on smoking in any motor vehicle when a child under the age of 18 years is present and there is more than one person present in that vehicle.
6. An extension of these laws to not only cigarettes, but also any devices used in connection with tobacco products and electronic delivery systems such as pipes, water pipes and electronic devices.
7. A ban on smoking in any enclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence.
8. The Minister may prohibit smoking in any outdoor public place or workplace if they believe it would be in the public interest.
9. Stricter rules on the depiction of any tobacco products – including a ban on the sale of any confectionery or toy that resembles or is intended to represent a tobacco product.
10. Imprisonment or a fine depending on the severity of the offence.
For example, those caught smoking in banned areas will receive a fine or prison time up to 3 months, while those found guilty of manufacturing or importing tobacco products which do not meet the new requirements and existing standards could face a fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years.
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