Authorities in Albania monitor the new anti-smoking law

Authorities in Albania monitor the new anti-smoking law

Tirana, August 25, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency

Two days after the entry in force of the new anti-smoking law, the vice minister of Health, Klodian Rrepaj declared that inspections are taking place throughout the country for its application.

In a visit held at the Central Polyclinic of Tirana, the vice minister said for the media that all mechanisms exist to apply the new anti-smoking law, which for the first time penalizes smokers that smoke in forbidden premises.

The fine will amount to 5 thousand ALL, while subject to fines will also be administrators of bars.

“As of Saturday, the amendments made to the current anti-smoking laws have taken effect”, said the vice minister, adding that these amendments aim to strengthen the application of the law, which has had problems in the past. “We hope and believe that with the changes that have been made, there will be a more rigorous monitoring for the application of the anti-smoking law”, said Rjepaj.

The vice minister of Health declared that it’s not a penalizing law, but added that penalties will continue if there are no positive results.

According to the new law, the violation of the new article in non smoking premises is subject to a 30o thousand ALL for the business or institution and 5 thousand ALL for the person who smokes. According to the law, the owner or administrator of the non smoking premises is the responsible person of introducing the necessary signs which indicate that smoking in these premises is prohibited. /ibna/