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The Facebook movement asking for the amendment of the controversial Tobacco Control Act should appeal to the National Council and not the National Assembly.

The speaker of the National Assembly has already declared that it would be difficult for the Act to be tabled in the upcoming NA session as the Act has to be in force for at least a year before amendment proposals are tabled.

But for the National Council, this rule does not apply. The upper house can ask for amendment if the rule is just six months old. Therefore it would make more sense to appeal to the house of review.

Moreover, the Act was passed by the parliament last summer and came into force only from January 1, 2011. I don’t understand why the government took about half a year to implement the act.

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