Abkhazia to Prohibit Tobacco Product Advertising Starting 2024

The law will come into force on January 1, 2024.

The law will come into force on January 1, 2024.

SUKHUM / AQW'A ―  The Parliament of Abkhazia has passed amendments to the "Advertising" law, which will enforce a ban on advertising tobacco products and related accessories from January 1, 2024. This decision aims to curb the promotion of tobacco and nicotine-containing products, including cigarettes, pipes, cigarette paper, lighters, and hookahs.

Besides prohibiting advertisements for these specific products, the updated legislation also extends the ban to the advertising of trademarks linked to the production of tobacco and nicotine-containing products. By implementing this law, Abkhazia aims to diminish the visibility and influence of tobacco companies, fostering a healthier lifestyle for its citizens.

Globally, many countries have implemented similar restrictions on tobacco product advertising. The World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), an international treaty that has been ratified by over 180 countries, advocates for comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship. By adhering to these guidelines, nations worldwide are taking significant steps towards protecting public health and reducing the prevalence of tobacco use.




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