Decree bans tobacco shops from hypermarkets and petrol stations
Tobacco shops operating in or near hypermarkets or petrol stations must close down by May 31,2014, according to a government decree issued on Thursday. Shops operating in hypermarket parking lots must also close by May 31.
Specifically, no tobacco outlets may operate on areas with 2500m2 of retail space. The decree also stipulates that no new tobacco shops can open within 200 meters of existing outlets, after November 30.
HVG reported earlier that some lobby groups were initiating such restrictions, arguing that shopping malls and hypermarkets account for a disproportionately high share of cigarette sales.