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Parliamentary committee delays consideration of anti-smoking bill until next week.

The parliamentary committee for economic and fiscal policy has postponed consideration of the bill on protection of health of citizens of Kyrgyzstan from effects of tobacco use and smoke until next week.

The bill was initiated by a group of lawmakers.

The smoking fines caused debates among committee members.

"What does the fine of 100,000 soms for smoking in public places mean when light drugs smoking is suggested to be fined with 10,000 soms?" MP Dastan Bekeshev (SDPK) asked.

The lawmaker said the fines for smoking should be revised to make them consistent.

MP Bekeshev suggested possible lobbying of a certain company in the bill, since the document contained much information on self-extinguishing paper.

The committee members also demanded presence of the key officials of line ministries and agencies instead of their deputies.

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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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