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Where smoking is prohibited in Ukraine: list of places and fines for violations

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Where smoking is prohibited in Ukraine: list of places and fines for violations

The ban on smoking in public places applies to both regular cigarettes and electronic smoking devices. Find out where smoking is prohibited and what liability is provided for violations

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Ukraine has had an anti-tobacco law in place for several years. However, on July 11, 2023, amendments to Article 13 of the Law of Ukraine No. 2899-IV on protecting the population from the harm of secondhand smoke came into force. Therefore, the smoking ban now applies not only to classic cigarettes, but also to items for the use of tobacco products, herbal smoking products, e-cigarettes, devices for the consumption of tobacco products without combustion, and hookahs.


Prohibited smoking areas in Ukraine


Tobacco products and electronic cigarettes are prohibited in the following places


– children's playgrounds

– public transport and public transport stops

– underground passages

– airports and train stations,

– premises of restaurants, hotels and dormitories,

– premises and territories of health care facilities, educational and physical culture institutions,

– entrances to residential buildings,

– elevators and pay phones,

– premises of public authorities and local governments.


Please note! Smoking in these places may result in administrative liability.


Administrative liability


Smoking tobacco products in places where it is prohibited by law is subject to administrative liability under Article 175-1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses. Not only the smoker, but also the establishment on whose territory the violation occurred may be fined for smoking in public places. The amount of the fine will depend on the number of violations during the year.


After the first offense, the fine will range from UAH 51 to 170. If a person violates the law again within a year, the penalty will range from UAH 170 to 340.


A catering establishment that allows smoking on its premises will be fined UAH 3,000 for the first offense and UAH 15,000 for the next. Other public places that allow smoking will be fined UAH 1,000 and UAH 10,000, respectively.




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New regulations on the production and sale of tobacco products in Ukraine


Starting from July 11, 2023, Ukraine introduced new regulations on the production, wholesale and retail trade and import of tobacco products with flavoring and aromatic additives. Thus, the new law prohibits the production of such tobacco products:


1. Containing packaging with information about the taste, smell or additives or their absence.

2. Cigarettes and tobacco for roll-your-own tobacco with a characteristic smoke odor or taste.

3. Tobacco products with vitamins or other additives that give the impression of benefits or reduced health risks.

4. Products with additives associated with energy or vitality.

5. Products with additives that make emissions colored.

6. Products with additives that make smoke inhalation or nicotine absorption easier.


The new regulations are intended to strengthen control over smoking in public places and reduce the negative impact of tobacco products on public health.


We remind you! In the context of the war, certain restrictions on visiting certain places are in place in Ukraine. Read where you are allowed to go on vacation and what places you cannot visit in our previous article.


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