Illegal Cigarettes Stubbed out

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In keeping with new ministry regulations, two houses were raided by Kampot provincial military police yesterday after accusations that the owners were selling cigarettes illegally without Health Ministry-issued pictorial warnings.
The Health Ministry sent out a warning letter on October 4 saying it would take legal action against any tobacco companies which continued to flout a July sub-decree that required pictorial warnings – featuring an exposed lung or a respiratory device attached to a baby – covering 55 percent of all cigarette packaging.
The ministry also banned the use of young women to promote smoking in public and certain kinds of advertisements on billboards and through social media.
Provincial military police officer Major Nou Kimvuthy confirmed the operation and said it was successful.
“It was a cooperation between the military police and customs officials and they went to the shops on Tuesday afternoon,” he said.
Deputy prosecutor Muth Dara said 85 large packages of cigarettes from the 555 brand were seized during the operation. None of the cigarette packs had pictorial warnings on them and none of the boxes holding them had tax stamps, meaning they may have been brought into the country illegally.
According to the sub-decree, tobacco companies which fail to abide by the new regulations will face 10 million riel (about $2,500) fines and any wholesale distributors or retailers found selling packs without warnings will also face fines.

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