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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

E-cigarettes could be banned in public spaces in Romania

An MP representing the opposition party Save Romania Union (USR) has submitted to the Parliament a draft amendment to the law on preventing and combating the effects of tobacco products consumption, according to which both the electronic cigarettes and the tobacco heating devices would be banned in enclosed public spaces.

In the draft project, smoking is defined as any voluntary consumption of smoke, vapors or aerosols, and this would be banned in enclosed public spaces, public transport, indoor workplaces or children's playgrounds.

Cristian Ghica, the project’s initiator, believes the law’s meaning has to be extended because the impact that electronic cigarettes may have on the health of consumers or people around them is still uncertain due to the lack of relevant data, according to USR.

“There is no scientifically substantiated research demonstrating that these devices pose a lower health risk than the classical and tobacco products. Therefore, there are no good reasons for the Romanian state to treat differently classic cigarettes and newly launched smoking devices on the market,” Ghica said.

The draft project was submitted to the Parliament days after State Secretary Raed Arafat, who is also a doctor and the head of the Emergency Situations Department, said Romania should impose restrictions on electronic cigarette use. However, to come into force, the draft projects has to be adopted by the Parliament and promulgated by the president, and published in the Official Gazette.

A smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces entered into force in Romania in mid-March 2016.

Romanian emergency service official takes stand on e-smoking advertising

Irina Marica, irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(opening photo: Flickr / Lindsay Fox)

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Profile picture for user irina.popescu0
Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing irina.marica@romania-insider.com.

 

E-cigarettes could be banned in public spaces in Romania

An MP representing the opposition party Save Romania Union (USR) has submitted to the Parliament a draft amendment to the law on preventing and combating the effects of tobacco products consumption, according to which both the electronic cigarettes and the tobacco heating devices would be banned in enclosed public spaces.

In the draft project, smoking is defined as any voluntary consumption of smoke, vapors or aerosols, and this would be banned in enclosed public spaces, public transport, indoor workplaces or children's playgrounds.

Cristian Ghica, the project’s initiator, believes the law’s meaning has to be extended because the impact that electronic cigarettes may have on the health of consumers or people around them is still uncertain due to the lack of relevant data, according to USR.

“There is no scientifically substantiated research demonstrating that these devices pose a lower health risk than the classical and tobacco products. Therefore, there are no good reasons for the Romanian state to treat differently classic cigarettes and newly launched smoking devices on the market,” Ghica said.

The draft project was submitted to the Parliament days after State Secretary Raed Arafat, who is also a doctor and the head of the Emergency Situations Department, said Romania should impose restrictions on electronic cigarette use. However, to come into force, the draft projects has to be adopted by the Parliament and promulgated by the president, and published in the Official Gazette.

A smoking ban in all enclosed public spaces entered into force in Romania in mid-March 2016.

Romanian emergency service official takes stand on e-smoking advertising

Irina Marica, irina.marica@romania-insider.com

(opening photo: Flickr / Lindsay Fox)

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