Changes in the law regarding tobacco products

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From the 2nd of May 2022, the changes to the law regarding tobacco products will go into effect. The main changes include a prohibition from smoking in certain areas, including transportation, as well as a ban on the sale of cigarettes to people under 21 years of age.

On October 26, 2021, minister of Public Health, Dangui Oduber was in Parliament of Aruba to debate de law ā€˜Landsverordening tot wijziging van den Landsverordeing beperking tabaksproductenā€™, essentially, a law to make changes to the existing law regarding tobacco products. This law received unanimous approval.

On the 2nd of May 2022, this law will go into effect.
In short, the changes are:
1. Article 2: prohibits smoking in public places;
2. Article 2A: prohibits smoking in private transportation when there is a minor in the vehicle;

3. Article 3: employers are responsible for the protection of their employees from cigarette smoke during working hours and at work premises;

4. Article 4: prohibits smoking in any form of public transportation;

5. Article 5: prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco in certain instances;
6: Article 6: prohibits the sale or distribution of tobacco to people under 21 years of age;
7: Article 6A: prohibits the sale of individual cigarettes. Cigarettes must be sold in a sealed pack.

In the following days, the government will provide further information regarding these changes.