Special Report on Situation in the Field of Tobacco Control
The report reviews problems in the field of tobacco control in the country. This special report discusses the gaps of national legislation in the field of tobacco control and the level of effectiveness of implementing the existing regulations by the state entities. The report outlines the possible hazards posed by tobacco advertisement and consumption to youth, attitudes of Georgia’s population to smoke-free environment and other relevant issues.
The Public Defender believes that the existing legislation for tobacco control requires improvement and approximation with the WHO FCTC and directives of the European Parliament and the Council; regulations concerning the availability of tobacco products for youth especially need to be toughened. The executive authority should fulfill restrictive provisions in the field of tobacco control, not sporadically but in a regular manner.