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Lázár: Hungary eyes unified packaging for tobacco products, could ban menthol cigarettes

Following the European Court of Justice ruling on Wednesday that introducing standardized packages, prohibiting menthol cigarettes and applying special rules to e-cigarettes are all lawful practices, the Hungarian government will start drafting a bill on such measures next week, Hungary’s Cabinet Chief János Lázár said yesterday.

During his regular weekly press conference, the cabinet chief said that under the planned legislation, menthol cigarettes will be banned in Hungary, and tobacco products could be sold only in unified packages in the country. Lázár added that special rules will apply to electronic cigarettes as well.

The Hungarian government was first said to be planning such changes in June 2015. Professionals working in the tobacco industry have criticized the measures, claiming they will not reduce the consumption of tobacco products.

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