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MOTION WOULD ALLOW OVERNIGHT BAN ON SPIRTS SALES AT TOBACCO SHOPS

 

An MP of governing Fidesz has submitted a motion to Parliament that would allow local councils to ban sales of spirits in tobacco shops between 10:00 in the evening and 6:00 in the morning. The motion would also introduce fines for shops that violate any such bans of up to HUF 500,000 on the first occasion and 1 million forints on the second. Shops that violate the ban three times would lose their licence. The motion tabled by Fidesz MP Máté Kocsis, would supplement a bill submitted earlier by János Lázár, the prime minister’s commissioner for the defence of non-smokers.  Lázár’s bill would reduce the number of tobacco shops in the country by raising the population threshold per shop from 3,000 to 4,000.