Ukraine 1 step closer to larger package warnings after committee vote

On 7 Oct 2015, the healthcare committee of Ukraine’s Parliament approved a draft law that calls for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco packages.

The law, based on a 2014 European Union directive, is staunchly opposed by the tobacco industry, whose representatives attended an intense committee session on 7 Oct. The measures in the draft law include:

  •  Increasing warnings’ size from 50 percent to 65 percent, and placing them on the top portion of packages;
  • Prohibiting tobacco additives and flavours;
  • Regulations for electronic cigarettes.

“We prevented an unsuccessful attempt to ‘kill’ the anti-tobacco draft law said Andriy Skipalskyi, Chairman of Advocacy Center Life and co-author of the draft law. “But to abandon progressive EU norms that costs zero to the state budget, and to postpone the decision would be irresponsible,” he added in a press release.

The draft law could be presented to Parliament before the end of 2015.

Read the full press release.

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