Since August 15, Moldova has banned the visible display of tobacco products on store shelves.
There come into force the provisions of the Law on Tobacco Control and the requirements of the Sanitary Regulations on the sale of unfermented and fermented tobacco, tobacco products and similar products. In accordance with these documents, from August 15 in Moldova, it is prohibited to display tobacco products, similar products, devices and accessories for their use, refueling or heating on public trading areas. In particular, it is prohibited to display smoking tobacco products in a conspicuous place in the publicly available trading areas, including filtered and non-filtered cigarettes, cigarillos, as well as similar device products and accessories for their use, charging or heating. A listing of these products, printed on white paper in black, will be provided by the seller upon the request of adult buyers. For violation of restrictions on the display of tobacco products, a fine for individuals is provided in the amount of 72 to 90 cu. and in the amount from 240 to 270 cu. for a responsible person, and for a legal entity in the Code of Contraventions a fine is provided in the amount of 270 to 300 cu. Recall that the new rules for displaying goods on store shelves were supposed to come into effect on May 20, but the deadlines were shifted due to the state of emergency. It should be noted that the practice of restricting the display of cigarettes in visible places has been applied since 2001. Iceland was the first country to impose such restrictions, in 2010 they were introduced by the United Kingdom, in 2014 - by Russia. Currently, in the WHO European Region (totaling 53 states), such restrictions are applied in 29 countries, Moldova will be the 30th. The new rules are aimed at reducing the number of consumers of tobacco products. According to the World Health Organization, about 8 million people die every year from exposure to tobacco worldwide. Another 900,000 deaths result from secondhand smoke - exposure to second-hand smoke. // 14.08.2020 — InfoMarket.