Iva Khasia, representative of Japan Tobacco International (JTI), explains that a growth of warning indication on a tobacco pack to 65% of total space will violate two laws.
First, the warning indication will be damaged when opening the pack cover and secondly, it will be behind the excise sign on the back side of the box.
Moreover, at the health committee meeting, where tobacco control bill was discussed by the second hearing, Khasia talked about government resolutions and EU instructions.
“If the warning indication grows to 65% of the space, two laws will be violated. First, the warning will be damaged, when opening the cover, while on the back side the warning will be under the excise sign. Under the applicable legislation, both cases violate the law. Moreover, Government of Georgia has also adopted a tobacco control action plan, under which the warning indication will grow to 50% of total space in 2018. At the same time, EU instructions also urge to increase the warning indication to 50%. Therefore, it is unclear why they make accent on 65%”, Khasia said.