E-cigarettes under same restrictions as cigarettes

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Rules in force in Hungary from today place the same restrictions on electronic cigarettes as conventional tobacco products, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The use of e-cigarettes is now banned in the same locations as conventional tobacco products, such as in public buildings, catering establishments and near playgrounds, the news agency said. Users who violate the rules may be fined HUF 20,000-50,000.

E-cigarettes may only be sold in shops with concessions to sell conventional tobacco products, and advertising of the devices is banned, MTI added.

Hungarian lawmakers approved the restrictions last December.

The legislation is in line with a European Union directive approved in 2014. The European Court ruled against a challenge of the directive by big tobacco companies in May.

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