SARAJEVO, Bosnia (September 18,2008) - It seems that an initial attempt to protect Bosnian tobacco production is about to be made, with preparations for tobacco regulations that are expected to start soon.A tobacco act will enable higher excise rate on cigarettes with no domestically-grown tobacco, the Bosnian Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations has confirmed.
The Ministry has submitted an initiative for drafting a tobacco bill to the relevant ministries in two entities and the Brcko District. They are expected to appoint the tobacco bill task force. The task force should be appointed soon, and a bill is expected by the Bosnian government in three months after that.
Interestingly, the Ministry announced that the basic text for this bill is a three-year-old proposal by Bosnian tobacco growers and cigarette producers. According to the proposal, cigarettes would be classified in three categories.