Bulgaria MPs Adopt Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Politics » DOMESTIC | March 24, 2016, Thursday // 14:02| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Bulgaria MPs Adopt Ban on Flavored Tobacco File photo, BGNES

Bulgarian lawmakers on Thursday adopted on second reading changes to tobacco legislation banning the sale of tobacco with specific flavor and aroma qualities.

Tobacco used to manually roll cigarettes will only be allowed on the market if it has "natural" aroma or flavor and contains no additional vitamins or caffeine that gives it additional colors.

The possibility to add disturbing images to health warnings on cigarette packs has also been introduced, alongside regulations of size, shape and design of warnings.

The move was suggested in December by the cabinet, and a bill was put forward that was approved earlier in 2016.

Under the new changes, any producers or importers of tobacco products will have to inform the Economy Ministry six months in advance of any new product that is to be launched on the market. The respective products will also have to submit detailed description of the products, instructions for their use, and information about ingredients and substances used.

Maximum levels of tar, nicotine, and carbon dioxide are also set in the new legislation.

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