Tobacco-shops can’t be located at festivals. According to the Head of the National Tobacco Trade Non-profit Ltd., Zsolt Gyulay, mobile vendors and cigarette booths will be forbidden to sell tobacco at bigger festivals. Tobacconists can only sell cigarettes with a permanent place of operation contract for the given area, which seems to be a somewhat unrealistic requirement for most of the music festivals in Europe.
Sziget Festival is probably the most seriously affected by the ban, because there aren’t any fixed tobacco-shops on Hajógyári Island.
Volt Festival and Balaton Sound will still get away with the ban as tobacconists can sell out their supplies until the 15th of July.
Opponents of the decision fear that by making cigarette-selling more difficult, illegal cigarette trade will experience a major upswing.
Words by Tímea Klincsek for XpatLoop.com
Intern Editor: Réka Lodinsky