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Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 19 – Sponsorship

58.Section 19(1) of the Act contains a power for the Scottish Ministers to make regulations to prohibit or restrict a person in the course of a business entering into a sponsorship agreement where the purpose or effect of anything done as a result of the agreement promotes a NVP. Subsection (4) defines “sponsorship agreement”. It can include the sponsorship of an event, activity or person in, or connected to, Scotland. Section 19(2) contains a non-exhaustive list of the kind of provision which may also be made in regulations, covering enforcement, offences, and penalties, defences and exceptions.

59.Section 19(3) specifies the maximum penalty which regulations may prescribe for offences as, on summary proceedings, imprisonment not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (currently £10,000) or both, and on conviction on indictment, imprisonment not exceeding two years or an unlimited fine or both.

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