Stricter tobacco legislation enters into force

The changes moreover ban the advertising of tobacco and related products as well as the sale of tobacco products with characterising flavours.

Also being introduced is five-year licensing of tobacco vendors and stricter regulations for the promotion of tobacco products and for various non-standard tobacco and smoking products.

Also banned is the sale of confectioneries, snacks, toys and other items intended for minors in the shape of tobacco products.

The government-sponsored changes are meant to transpose the new EU tobacco directive, while also introducing other measures that have proven effective.

According to the Health Ministry, the stricter anti-tobacco legislation is also an important step towards a sustainable health budget, as the European Commission's data showed Slovenia loses 5% of GDP or EUR 1.8bn to smoking every year.
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