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All tobacco products supplied to the market by 15 importers and 3 manufacturers of tobacco products comply with the requirements of the country's anti-tobacco legislation.

All tobacco products supplied to the market by 15 importers and 3 manufacturers of tobacco products comply with the requirements of the country's anti-tobacco legislation.

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection, Aleona Serbulenco, announced this at the first meeting of the National Coordinating Council on Tobacco Control this year. She informed about the measures taken by the government over the past year to implement the law on tobacco control, the National Tobacco Control Program for 2017-2021 and other regulations. According to her, all tobacco companies on the market - 15 importers and 3 manufacturers - fulfill the requirements of the Sanitary Regulations on health warnings and labeling of tobacco products, tobacco for rolling cigarettes and similar products (warning labels and images, telephone number of the green line for support of those who want to quit smoking at the Republican Narcological Dispensary, etc.). Last year, more than 300 people received treatment at the Narcologic Dispensary, more than 3 thousand people received consultations at this medical facility. All manufacturers and importers conducted laboratory research and examination of tobacco products - all components of tobacco products and their impact on human health are known. Aleona Serbulenco reported that territorial tobacco control programs have been developed, 23 of them have been approved, and funds have been allocated from local budgets for the implementation of 9 territorial action plans. The State Secretary reported on tax measures to stimulate the reduction of tobacco smoking - excise taxes and minimum prices for non-filter cigarettes (up to 19 lei) and with a filter (up to 25 lei) were increased. Last year, about 1.5 thousand inspections were carried out in catering establishments that sell tobacco products, every fourth of them revealed violations. Fines of 53.4 thousand lei were issued. In addition, 375 kiosks, which sell tobacco products, were checked; fines worth 8.4 thousand lei were issued for violations of the anti-tobacco legislation. Aleona Serbulenco noted that in relation to 18 kiosk-owning companies with an area of less than 20 square meters, which are located less than 200 meters from educational and medical institutions, protocols were drawn up and fines were issued. However, they, referring to the fact that they received permission to trade, according to the scheme approved by local authorities, refuse to sign acts on inspections. This year, inspections will continue to check for compliance with anti-tobacco legislation, two studies on the consumption of tobacco products, including among minors, will be organized, and it is planned to increase excise taxes and minimum prices for tobacco products. During the meeting, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Dorin Purice, informed that over the past year, smoking cases decreased in public transport, at bus stops, in playgrounds and other public places: 2.4 thousand cases were registered in 2018 compared to 5.1 thousand cases in 2017. The number of reported cases of illegal smuggling of tobacco products in the Moldovan-Romanian part of the border has decreased, but the number of smuggling detentions through the country's air gates has increased. Most attempts to smuggle cigarettes were registered in the direction of European countries, with 66% of cases registered last year when boarding passengers on the Chisinau-London flight. In 2018, four criminal cases were opened into smuggling cigarettes worth 2.2 million lei and processed tobacco worth 1.9 million lei. The National Coordination Council for Tobacco Control is a consultative body, without the status of a legal entity, to coordinate all the processes necessary for effectively organizing tobacco control activities and combating the negative health effects of tobacco use. Council decisions are advisory in nature to all public authorities.// 28.03.2019 — InfoMarket.

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