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April 19, 2017

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legislation

    TAX & LAW BRIEF

    PwC Georgia

    DRAFT AMENDMENTS TO THE LAW OF GEORGIA ON TOBACCO CONTROL

    The Parliament of Georgia has passed the draft law on the first hearing according to which the main amendments are as follows:

    - Prohibition on tobacco smoking in any building from 1 January 2018. The restriction does not apply to the individual residential areas and penal institutions;

    - Prohibition on all kinds of advertising of tobacco products, its accessories and/or its consumption devices;

    - Prohibition on distribution of tobacco products, its accessories and/or its consumption devices through a draw, lottery, lotto, or other profitable or non-profitable types of gambling games and/or on any other form of promotion of tobacco products;

    - Prohibition on visible deployment of tobacco product, i.e. it will be prohibited to place tobacco product, its accessories and/or its consumption devices in showcases, on shelves, on counters or on any other places where they are visible from the outside and/or inside of the unit;

    - Prohibition on realization of tobacco product, its accessories and/or its consumption devices directly to the persons in transport;

    - Prohibition on retail selling of tobacco product, its accessories and/or its consumption devices through internet or post;

    - Mandatory rules for putting pictograms and for increasing size of medical warnings on tobacco boxes.


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