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British American Tobacco Sues Parliament of Georgia to Constitutional Court

British American Tobacco has sued Parliament of Georgia to Constitutional Court. Namely, the company asserts that paragraph 2 of article 5 of Georgian Law on Tobacco Control is unconstitutional as it bans sales of tobacco products under cost in Georgia.

The action reads that OGT, a Georgian cigarette manufacturer, has applied the mentioned article against British American Tobacco. As a result, the international company was imposed a fine of 100 537 172 GEL.

“The action reads that introduction of legislative restrictions was aimed at harmonizing Georgian legislation with the World Health Organization framework convention on Tobacco Control. The plaintiff assert that the convention restricts free transmission of tobacco products to population, in general, not control of tobacco prices. The plaintiff party asserts that the mentioned restriction violates constitutional rights and does not reflect international convention requirements”, the document reads.