Azerbaijan Requires Warning Messages on E-Cigarettes
From 25 July, the Azerbaijani government is requiring all e-cigarettes to be labelled on their packaging with potential health risks in Azerbaijani to comply with existing regulations. Fed.az reported, the move is intended to protect the rights and health of consumers and ensure that people have access to the necessary information.
The country's Antimonopoly and Consumer Market Regulatory Agency (Antiinhisar və İstehlak Bazarına Nəzarət Dövlət Xidməti), which is attached to the economy department, received a complaint about the lack of important information about e-cigarettes in Azerbaijani on their packaging.
According to the Azerbaijani Law on the Protection of Consumer Rights and Interests, retailers (producers) are required to provide consumers with necessary and accurate information related to the characteristics of the goods they sell, the conditions for purchasing them, the use of the goods, their storage, and how to use them safely. In accordance with Article 13, paragraph 1, of the Law, this includes providing consumers with necessary and accurate information on the characteristics of the use of goods, the conditions of their acquisition, the methods and rules for their use, storage and safe use.
In accordance with article 13, paragraph 3, of the Law, as well as article 7.4 of the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan on the State Language of the Republic of Azerbaijan and article 5.8 of the Rules of the Republic of Azerbaijan on Commercial, Public Food, Household and Other Services, labels and explanatory notes on trade names translated into Azerbaijani from other languages must be juxtaposed with other languages.
In addition, under the Law on Restrictions on the Use of Tobacco Products, all vapes and e-cigarettes are subject to the same legal restrictions as tobacco products. In accordance with article 14.3.4 of the Tobacco and Tobacco Products Act, all imported tobacco products, including disposable e-cigarettes, must have a warning message in the Azerbaijani language on their packaging informing the public about their harmful effects on health.
Azerbaijan is located in West Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea and the eastern shore of the Caspian Sea. It shares borders with Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Iran and Turkey. The capital is Baku, which is the economic, political and cultural centre of the country.