Russian media vesti.kg reported on January 28 that the Ministry of Health proposed a bill to impose fines on smoking in public places and showing smoking in movies and animations. This bill has been submitted to the public for discussion.
Figures from the Ministry of Health show widespread violations of current legislation designed to protect citizens from the health effects of smoking, nicotine and tobacco smoke and aerosol, but there are currently no penalties for these offenders.
In order to solve this loophole, the Ministry of Health has proposed a series of reform suggestions:
1. Individuals who violate the ban on smoking, including water pipes, tobacco heating systems and electronic nicotine delivery systems, will be fined 1,000 som. For subsequent violations, the fine will increase to 2000 som.
2. Venues that fail to comply with the requirements for smoking signs will be fined 10,000 soms, and legal entities and individual industrial and commercial households will be fined 13,000 soms.
3. Legal persons and individual businesses who fail to regulate the effects of smoking, nicotine, tobacco smoke and aerosol in their places of activity and territory will be subject to a fine of 13,000 som.
4. In places where the sale of tobacco products is prohibited, individuals are fined 5,500 soms and legal entities and individual industrial and commercial households are fined 17,000 soms.
5. Selling tobacco products that do not comply with the regulations will face a fine of 7,500 soms for individuals and 23,000 soms for legal entities.
6. Selling products to persons under 18 years of age will be subject to a fine of 7,000 som for individuals and 20,000 som for legal entities.
7. The sale of tobacco and alcohol products below the prescribed minimum retail price will result in a fine of 3,000 som for individuals and 13,000 som for legal persons.
8. Sponsoring, advertising or promoting tobacco products will be subject to a fine of 10,000 soms for individuals and 28,000 soms for legal entities and individual businesses.
9. Displaying tobacco products in audiovisual products intended for adults, unless they are an essential part of the artistic conception, will result in a fine of 13,000 som for individuals and 35,000 som for legal entities and individual businesses.
10. The display of tobacco products in audiovisual products intended for children will result in a fine of 15,000 som for individuals and 40,000 som for legal entities and individual businesses.
The goal of this bill is to strengthen the supervision of smoking behavior, increase fines for violators, and ensure a smoke-free environment in public places.