Cigarettes stubbed out for under 16s

10th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

10 November 2004, BRUSSELS - The sale of tobacco products to children under-sixteen will be banned from 1 December, it was announced on Wednesday.

10 November 2004

BRUSSELS - The sale of tobacco products to children under-sixteen will be banned from 1 December, it was announced on Wednesday.

Under new laws, which will be tightened up in the coming months, sales assistants must check the ID of anyone who looks under sixteen.

The laws will apply to bookshops, cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, service stations and sales outlet that stores tobacco products.

The possibility of introducing compulsory warnings in these places about the harmful effects of smoking is also under discussion.

New laws are envisaged to combat the problem of cigarette vending machines, which are difficult to block access to.

One idea being floated is to use remote controls to filter access to vending machines.

Controls of the new laws will be carried out by civil servants attached to the federal public health service.

Juveniles caught smoking on the streets will not be prosecuted but will be asked where they got their cigarettes from.

[Copyright Expatica 2004]

Subject: Belgian news

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