Parliament passed the law banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors

The Chamber of Deputies decisively adopted the draft law prohibiting the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors.

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Deputies adopted the bill with 242 “yes” votes. Only one deputy was against the adoption.

The law goes to President Klaus Iohannis for promulgation.

Alfred Simonis, the law's initiator, previously pointed out that the law banning the sale or offering of energy drinks to minors, voted last week, and the new initiative to ban e-cigarettes, provide for drastic penalties.

The new amendments to the law no. 201/2016 aims to establish the conditions for the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products and related products. Also, the initiative group proposes the amendment of law 349/2002, regarding the prevention and combating the effects of the consumption of tobacco products.

In order to reduce the exposure of children and young people to tobacco products, the proposed legislation extends the ban on vending machines and the ban on sales to young people under the age of 18 for: e-cigarettes, cigarette refills, electronic tobacco heating devices“, according to the normative framework that will be debated tomorrow in the Senate.

The following changes will be introduced to law no. 201.2016:

1. In article 2, after the letter “p)”, a new letter is inserted, the letter “p^)”, with the following content: “p^) electronic device for heating tobacco – device used in the case of heated tobacco products that do not involve combustion ;”

2. In article 2, after the letter “ss)”, a new letter, the letter “tt)”, is inserted, with the following content:tt) electronic cigarette – means a product that can be used for the consumption of vapors containing or not containing nicotine, by means of a mouthpiece or any component of this product, including a cartridge, a tank and the device without a cartridge or tank. E-cigarettes can be single-use or refillable via a refill bottle or tank or refilled with single-use cartridges”.

“Se prohibits the sale of all categories of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, e-cigarette refills and electronic tobacco heating devices to youth under the age of 18”, provides the initiative regarding the amendment of law no. 349/2002

At the same time, educational institutions will have to introduce regulations and measures applied to students who will not comply with the provisions regarding the sale, possession and use of all products containing tobacco.

The Ministry of Education will establish the sanctions applicable through the Framework Regulation on the organization and operation of pre-university education units, the sanctions applicable to students