Lithuania: Legal response to the challenges of novel tobacco products


On 25 February, an international expert seminar was organised by the ENSP and National Tobacco and Alcohol Control Coalition (NTAKK) in the Lithuanian Parliament in Vilnius. With the presence of Minister of Health Prof. Aurelijus Veriga and participation  of national officials, international experts, representatives of NGOs, legal changes imposed by novel products were discussed.

Information on legal instruments as well as experience from countries such as Italy, Spain, Poland, Greece, the United Kingdom and France have been provided. Many experts have noted that Lithuania is an example of good practice, being among the first countries in the EU to implement the tobacco products directive adopted in 2014. To build on that success, is was very important to clarify that heated tobacco products are not proven to pose lower risk for its users and should be a subject to strict regulation.

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