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Estonian govt planning to ban display of tobacco products in stores

The Estonian government is planning on Thursday to approve a draft legislation of Health and Labor Minister Jevgeni Ossinovski which would substantially increase sales restrictions of tobacco products, including restricting the display of tobacco products and their brands at points of sale, reports LETA/BNS.

The changes to the Tobacco Act would expand the regulation sphere of the law to prevent and reduce the spread of addiction and health damage as a result of tobacco and tobacco products, it is written on Thursday’s agenda of the government.

Among the biggest changes are banning the display of tobacco products and their brands at points of sale. The exceptions are specialized retail stores, ships sailing on international routes as well as stores located in the closed territories of the airport and port.

The bill also seeks to reduce the accessibility and consumption of e-cigarettes. For instance, in the future the use of e-cigarettes would be banned, in addition to children’s institutions, also in all places where smoking is banned, like restaurants and stores. In addition, it would not be possible to buy tobacco products or e-cigarettes online or from a catalogue.

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