Armenian parliament adopted Tuesday a draft law on ban of use of tobacco products and their substitutes.
Armenian speaker Ararat Mirzoyan announced that 83 MPs voted in favor, 15 against, no abstentions, while 6 MPs left letters of support of the draft law.
Bright Armenia party faction member Gevorg Gorgisyan noted that they would support the fight against smoking, but taking into consideration that there are shortcomings in the draft law, they will vote against, expecting the solution of these problems in the near future.
The purpose of this draft law is to protect current and future generations from adverse effects caused by the use of tobacco products and tobacco substitutes, the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, their social, economic and environmental impacts, as well as their negative environmental impacts.
The law prohibits the use of cigarettes in closed areas, public transport, playgrounds, health, education, and cultural institutions. Certain regulations are also envisaged for the sale of tobacco and the promotion and restriction of advertising of tobacco products.