Armenian government, pursuing its policy, proceeds from the fact that maintaining public health is paramount, said Armenian Deputy Health Minister Lena Nanushyan on Monday.
According to her, this bill is a vivid confirmation of this, since it is aimed at preserving and protecting future generations from the negative effects coming from smoking and cigarettes in general.
“The use of cigarettes, as well as the resulting illness and mortality, have reached high rates in Armenia, and it creates serious problems both in the healthcare sector and in the social and economic terms,” she noted.
According to the draft law, the demonstration of cigarettes in supermarkets will be banned, however, at the same time, such a ban will not be introduced in small retail outlets. This ban will not apply also to stores located on the territory of republican airports. But that is not all. At the entrance to restaurants it will be forbidden to post signs with information that smoking is allowed in this facility. However, all those items that contradict or will subsequently contradict the Eurasian Union technical regulations will be removed.
The legislative also provides for a ban on tobacco use indoors. Restrictions will be imposed on smoking in public transport, playgrounds, hospitals, clinics and medical centers, in educational and cultural institutions.
There are certain rules for the sale of tobacco, as well as restrictions on the advertising of tobacco products.
Penalties will apply to violators. Thus, if the person smokes while driving, he will face a fine equal to 10 times the minimum wage.
Violator of the ban on on restriction will face a fine of 100 to 200 times the minimum wage, and an individual 50 times. The same violation committed by an official within three months after the first violation entails a double fine.