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Introduction of Standardized Packaging of Tobacco Products to be Postponed for 5 Years

Introduction of Standardized Packaging of Tobacco Products to be Postponed for 5 Years

Introduction of standardized packaging of tobacco products will be postponed for 5 years.

The Committee of Legal Issues has already considered the package of legislative amendments according to which the deadline for enacting regulatory norms for standardized packaging of tobacco products will be defined December 31, 2022, instead of January 1, 2018.

The authors of the draft bill regard that fiscal impacts of the new regulation and complexity / diversity of the industrial processes related to the technical side should be assessed.

Consequently, it is considered that the restrictions related to the tobacco should be implemented gradually, so that people involved in this process to be able to adapt to a different business environment and do not have an instant loss of budgetary revenue that is expected to be substantial.

“In Australia this regulation has been introduced only since 2012. Standardized packaging of tobacco products began in the second half of 2016 in England, Ireland and France. The introduction of similar regulations will be discussed by the EU countries only from 2020. After planning this regulation, there is a 2-3-year transmission phase where these countries still observe the processes of these regulations”, – said Anri Okhanashvili, member of the parliament.