Monday, October 4, 2010
Marchman Act Blog: Russia unveils plan to ban public smoking by 2015
"Between 350,000 and 500,000 people die in Russia each year as a result of consuming tobacco," said the hard-hitting policy statement, which was signed last month by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Up to 80 percent of men smoke in some regions, and up to 47 percent of women, the report said. Smoking rates among women and minors have tripled in the last five years.
The government plans to ban advertising and promotion of cigarettes from 2011 and to introduce a complete ban on smoking in enclosed spaces, as well as in "medical, sports and cultural institutions" by 2015.
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