A communicated by ECigIntelligence, the famous independent data analysis resource for the tobacco alternatives industry, revealed that the proposal was tabled by Representative Gladys Medina of the ruling Frente de Todos (Front de Tous) party. If passed, the measure would also ban the use of the products in public places.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in neighboring Brazil continue to postpone a final decision on regulating safer tobacco alternatives, and a new proposal to strengthen the national ban on heated tobacco (HnB) has been presented in recent months.
Bill 5087/2020 would ban “the production, importation, sale and advertising of electronic smoking devices, which include electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products, as well as their accessories and refills”, and is currently under consideration by the Chamber of Deputies , the lower house of the National Congress.
Congressman Eduardo Costa of the Brazilian Minority Labor Party (PTB), who introduced the bill in November 2020, wants offenders to face the penalties provided for in Brazilian health legislation, which vary from the fine to the business closure. The bill was received last month by the Committee on Economy, Industry, Trade and Services, almost four months after its initial presentation.
In accordance with the Local Law on Children and Adolescents on the sale of alcohol and drugs, anyone caught selling tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 would face a prison sentence of two to four years.
Tobacco Intelligence has already reported that the bill is considered at the same time as the proposal 6387/2019, which was introduced two years ago and is related to the same topic. Costa presented his proposal to try to block a possible positive decision by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Agencia Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria, ANVISA) on the future regulation of alternatives to tobacco in Brazil.
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