Tobacco ban to extend into cars

The Latvian caretaker government on Tuesday supported tighter controls for the production, sale and advertising of tobacco products, including a ban on smoking in cars.

The proposals, submitted by the Health Ministry, are expected to come into force by May 20, 2016.

The proposals foresee that it will be prohibited to sell scented tobacco products, as well as tobacco products which include additives like vitamins or caffeine.

According to the bill, it will also be prohibited to sell cigarettes which exceed the tar and carbon monoxide level of 10 milligrams per cigarette, as well as nicotine levels of over one milligram per cigarette.

The new law would also have tighter controls on electronic cigarettes, which will need to have information on them regarding potential health risks.

Cigarette packs will also need to have additional information regarding health risks associated with smoking, including larger warnings.

The amendments also foresee that cigarette packs of fewer than 20 cigarettes will also be prohibited.

Furthermore, depictions of persons smoking will be prohibited in cigarette advertisements.

In order to create a more healthy environment, persons will be prohibited from smoking on apartment balconies, outdoor cafes and other outdoor areas if other persons object to this.

At the same time, it will also be prohibited to smoke inside vehicles, as well as in the presence of children

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