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Restraint of beer advertising, sales of alcohol and cigarettes should be ensured by due fines – attorney’s view


Government’s initiatives concerning sale of alcoholic and tobacco products, as well as beer advertising shall provide for their control, otherwise these regulations will be just declarative, says Taras Rozputenko, attorney at law of Volkov Koziakov & Partners.
‘This is the only chance for introduced regulations to be effective, and escape the lot of “dead” regulations’, - he told to Interfax-Ukraine agency, commenting upon the draft law on introduction of additional limitations for sale of alcoholic and tobacco products, and beer advertising provided by the Cabinet of Ministers.
According to T. Rozputenko, some special amendments should be filed to the Code of Administrative Violations, establishing current fines and penalties for violation of above limitations.
‘Speaking on beer advertising, it should be mentioned that orders control (applying limitations, which are effective for alcoholic beverages) may be provided by appropriate local department of human rights’, - says attorney at law.
T. Rozputenko believes that, generally, control for compliance with regulations sale of alcohol and low-alcohol beverages, tobacco products, as well as usage of such products in public places, may be entrusted to either Authorities of Human Rights, or for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Attorney at Law has a high opinion of intentions of the Government of Ukraine, so far as current administration of public sector is in a sad plight.
It was reported that on the 15th of October the Government had registered its draft law with Parliament that, in particular, prohibits alcohol drinking and smoking at the public transport stops, in subways and shopping malls. Furthermore, draft law includes an offer to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products within the territory of parks, recreation areas, on beaches and at the public transport stops, leaving for the purpose some special places.
Moreover, the Government set forward an offer to introduce for beer advertising the same limitations, as currently in effect for alcohol advertising.
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