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Ukraine became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 6, 2006.
Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in specified public places including: government facilities, restaurants, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, children’s playgrounds, sports facilities, in entrances to residential buildings, in underground passages, and in elevators and public pay phones. In other public places and workplaces, smoking is permitted in designated areas. Smoking is prohibited in public transport; however this prohibition is generally not enforced for private taxis.
Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products are prohibited in nearly all forms. However, there are limited exceptions, including product display at point of sale and advertising of tobacco products on websites restricted to those individuals over 18. All forms of financial or other sponsorship to individuals, groups, organizations, or government entities are prohibited, regardless of whether they are publicized.
Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Tobacco product packaging must display two health warnings. Fifty percent of the front of the pack must display one main text warning stating that “Tobacco kills.” Fifty percent of the back of the package must display one of ten secondary pictorial warnings with accompanying text. The content of the warnings relates to “smoking” and therefore is not relevant to smokeless tobacco products. Smokeless tobacco products currently are rare in Ukraine. The law prohibits the use on product packaging of misleading terms, descriptors, and other symbols that may create a false impression about tobacco products. However, the law requires yield levels of tar and nicotine to be printed on the package, which can be misleading.
Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: Law of Ukraine No. 2899-IV On Measures to Prevent and Reduce the Consumption of Tobacco Products and Their Harmful Influence on the Population’s Health (Law on Tobacco Control) is the primary law governing smoke free places and packaging and labeling. Law of Ukraine No. 1824-17 On the Introduction of Changes to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Restriction of the Consumption and Sale of Beer and Low Alcoholic Beverages amends the Law on Tobacco Control to require pictorial pack warnings as of September 2012. The same packaging and labeling requirements are mirrored in the Law of Ukraine On the State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Cognac and Fruit Alcohols, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products (Law on Regulation of Alcohol and Tobacco). Pursuant to Law No. 1824-17, the Cabinet of Ministers issued Decree No. 306 which contains the pictorial warnings mandated by that law. Law No. 4844-VI amends several provisions of the Law on Tobacco Control to require that additional places be 100% smoke free as of December 2012.
The Law on Advertising regulates advertising and sponsorship of all products, including tobacco products. A few provisions restricting tobacco promotion are contained in the Law on Tobacco Control and the Law on Regulation on Alcohol and Tobacco. Law No. 3778 introduces several amendments to both the Law on Advertising and the Law on Tobacco Control. The amendments entered into force September 2012 and further restrict tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. The Code of Administrative Offenses provides sanction for smokers who violate smoke free areas. All other sanctions are provided in the relevant governing law.
This country’s legal measures were collaboratively reviewed by an in-country lawyer and our legal staff.
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