The Tobacco Control Alliance demands ban on smoking in casinos and cigar-bars. The organization has already released the official statement and calls on the Parliament to amend the law.
In the legislative and executive power of the Alliance, they discuss about tobacco industry lobbying and that is why the regulation of smoking in the closed space with a new law has not affected on casinos and cigar-bars.
“A year ago when the Parliament adopted the law on tobacco control, our alliance failed to deal with tobacco industry lobbyists. That is their influence and activity, in the new law that prohibits smoking in a closed space, has been allowed in casinos and cigar-bars (only cigars). “
The Tobacco Control Alliance is not going to adapt to the exceptions.
“We would not adapt to such an exceptional provision from the very beginning. In particular, it was expected what happened two days ago. NBG “Georgian Gambling Business Association” has addressed the Parliament with the amendment to the Article 10 of the Tobacco Control Act, where the provisions of Article E may be allowed only in casinos. The Association recognizes this definition as a technical mistake and requests that smoking be allowed in any kind of gambling places.”
According to the Association, today’s law offers casinos as a monopoly. If you consider that this problem really exists, the solution is simple, Tobacco Control Law should affect everywhere.