Inspection of offer, sale and storage of tobacco products

(Continuous report of 1st half of 2015)

(Prague, October 16, 2015) Inspection of marking of tobacco products and the regime of sale governed by the Act on Excise Duties is included in the activities of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority every year. During the 1st half of 2015, violations of this law were discovered in 14 of 1,806 inspections, i.e. 0.7% of cases. These breaches concerned unmarked tobacco products, products sold for higher prices than displayed on tobacco stamps and sale of separate cigarettes from an open unit packaging. In total 15 fines amounting to almost half a million CZK were lawfully imposed for the above mentioned breaches in the evaluated period. “The inspections of tobacco product show that when it comes to vendors’ compliance with valid prices, there isn’t much cheating in the area which I am very glad for. In the first half of the year inspectors detected violations of this law in only 14 cases of 1,806 inspections,” said the Minister of Industry and Trade Jan Mládek. 675 fines amounting to more than 4 million CZK were imposed for other detected shortcomings, especially for violations of information obligations concerning prices and honesty of sale. „Despite the fact that our officers detect violations of the Act on Excise Duties rather rarely, it is not possible to reduce activities concerning this assortment that concern especially inspections of stall sale which still has numerous flaws. The form of stall sale remains permanently difficult despite continuous monitoring by our officers,” said Mojmír Bezecný, the Director General of the CTIA.

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