New proposals in Lithuania: plain cigarette packaging, outdoor café, balcony smoking ban(1)
Lithuania is mulling introducing even more smoking restrictions. Under new amendments, plain cigarette packaging would be introduced in Lithuania, the display of cigarettes would be banned and smoking in residential balconies, outdoor cafes, beaches and other places would also be prohibited.
The amendments to the Law on the Control of Tobacco, Tobacco Products and Related Products have been drafted by the Ministry of Health in cooperation with other institutions.
Under these amendments, plain cigarette packaging will be introduced in November, 2022 and it will only feature the name of the company and product in a state-approved standard type and color, and any logo elements or signs will be banned.
Plain packaging is now in place in Ireland, France, Norway, Hungary, Slovenia, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Under the proposed amendments, the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products in retail outlets, except for specialized shops and sections, will banned as of November, 2019. Shops will be allowed to only show their names and prices. Sellers will also be banned from announcing any promotions.
Non-smoking zones would also be expanded as of November, 2019. People will be banned from smoking in outdoor cafes, balconies, terraces and galleries, closed bus shelters, on beaches, at children playgrounds.
Now in Lithuania, smoking is banned in all educational and social institutions, closed working areas, except for special smoking zones, residential premises where non-smokers would be forced to inhale tobacco smoke, restaurants, cafes, burs, clubs, discos, internet cafes and other recreational premises, except for specialized cigar and pipe clubs.
People are also banned from smoking inside vehicles with under-18s and pregnant women among passengers.