L.Erdenechimeg: Law on tobacco control to be tightened


Member of Parliament L.Erdenechimeg initiated and submitted for approval a law on tobacco control. The law has been implemented for a year and evaluations were made on the performance of the law. MP L.Erdenechimeg provided more information about its performance.

-The law on tobacco control has been implemented for its first year. What were its advantages and disadvantages?

-We have studied one year of the performance of the law. There were many criticisms. For instance, the prohibition of selling and smoking cigarettes within 500 meters of schools and kindergartens received much criticism. This provision of the law can’t be followed in some soums and provinces. Also, many criticisms were received that the law breached the rights of tobacco selling entities. People shared their disapproval regarding the uncertainty of smoking-permitted areas. Of course, many people are grateful for the implementation of the law. According to the study, more women quit smoking than men so far. Also we believe that young people were forced to quit smoking because of smoking-prohibited areas, which is a good consequence. The advantages of the law dominate its disadvantages. Also, there were many entities that created internal smoking-allowed areas. However, many big entities in the city center violated or ignored the law. I think we should strengthen the accountability of such entities. For instance, fines of 16 million MNT were imposed on 18 entities. We are planning to strengthen the law’s control and supervision. Citizens should be aware that this law was made for the sake of the health and wellness of citizens.

-Who is responsible for monitoring those who break the law?

-The public are the police, which means that people can police the environments in which they live.

-Will changes be made to the provision not to sell and smoke cigarettes within 500 meters of schools and kindergartens?

-A draft amendment to the law was submitted, however it was withdrawn. The provisions that will ease the law’s conditions will not be made, but strengthened provisions will be added. Measures will be taken to cease the licenses or stop the operations of places and entities that are violating the law.

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