Turkmenistan increased the age at which you can officially buy cigarettes and tobacco products in the country from 18 to 21 years old.
Corresponding amendments to the Law of Turkmenistan "On protection of citizens' health from the effects of tobacco smoke and the consequences of the use of tobacco products," the newspaper "Neutral Turkmenistan" reports today. The amendments came into force from the date of publication of the law in the local press.
The law states that the place of sale of tobacco products, cash register or near it must have a sign "Sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 years is prohibited.
In this case, the seller can ask the buyer's passport (substitute document) to determine the true age of the buyer; if the passport (substitute document) is not provided, he must refuse to sell tobacco products.
Recall that the fight against smoking in Turkmenistan began in 1998 with the prohibition of advertising of tobacco products. After that, smoking was banned in the country's universities. In 2000, smoking was banned in public places, on the streets, in administrative buildings and military facilities, and two years later a ban was introduced on smoking for drivers of vehicles.
In May this year, Turkmenistan increased the fine for repeated smoking in inappropriate places to 200 manats.
Turkmenistan plans to be a tobacco-free country by 2025.