Monday, October 4, 2010

Marchman Act Blog: Russia unveils plan to ban public smoking by 2015

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia plans to cut its army of smokers -- up to 80 percent of its men -- with bans on advertising and smoking in public places, it revealed in a policy statement posted Monday on the government website.
"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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