Spanish draft Royal Decree on smoking products

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THE SPANISH government has approved a Royal Decree and reviewed a draft bill that seeks to culminate with the implementation of the EU law on the regulation of the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products, such as electronic cigarettes and herbal substances for smoking.

The Minister for Education, Culture and Sport and Government Spokesperson, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, pointed out that the main aim is to help protect the health of smokers, including passive smokers.

Under the new regulation, electronic cigarettes and the refill liquids will have to carry health warnings. In addition, a system to monitor adverse effects will be set up and monitored. As regards tobacco products, limitations will be introduced on their sale and supply, such as cross-border sales; the sale of packs of less than 20 cigarettes will be prohibited.

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