Provisions of the proposed Tobacco Control Act, 2020
The Tobacco Control Act, 2020 aims to protect the population from the harmful effects of tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke.
The existing Tobacco Control Regulations, 2013 cover only a few articles of the treaty, namely Article 8 - Protection from exposure to tobacco smoke; Article 10: Regulation of Tobacco product disclosures; and Article 11: Packaging and labelling of tobacco products.
In addition to the abovementioned provisions in the Regulations (which will be superseded by the comprehensive Tobacco Control Act), the existing Bill includes the following provisions:
- Article 5.3, which provides for the regulation of the interactions of Government officials with the tobacco industry, to ensure that Government bodies interact with the tobacco industry only when and to the extent, strictly necessary, to enable them to effectively regulate the tobacco industry and tobacco products.
- Articles 9 and 10, which requires testing and measurement of the contents and emissions of tobacco products and provisions for the disclosure of toxic substances to the public.
- Article 12, which speaks to the promotion of communication and public awareness of tobacco control issues and about the health risks of tobacco consumption and exposure to tobacco smoke.
- Article 13, which speaks to the full and mandatory prohibition on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, and including a ban on point-of-sale tobacco displays.
- Under the proposed legislation, restrictions continue to apply to ‘traditional’ tobacco products and related products including e-cigarettes in the form of nicotine products and nicotine devices, as well as electronic non-nicotine delivery systems.
- The proposed legislation makes provision for an increase in the size of graphic health warnings on tobacco products from the existing 60% to 80% of the principal display areas of tobacco products
For more information on the legislation, visit the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Tobacco Control policies website.
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