Law makes all public places smoke-free, bans point-of-sale displays
Jun 2, 2014
Russia on June 1 finished implementing its comprehensive tobacco control law, extending a prohibition on smoking in public places to hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. Newly-implemented provisions also ban point-of-sale displays of cigarettes and other tobacco products and end tobacco sales at kiosks that are common through the country.
These are historic actions to reduce tobacco’s devastating toll and save lives in Russia, a country that has one of the highest smoking rates in the world and where tobacco kills nearly 400,000 people every year. Russia is the world’s second largest cigarette market.
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Cigarette sales are down for Philip Morris International (PMI) in countries with strong laws to reduce tobacco use
Oct 24, 2013
Cigarette sales are down for Philip Morris International (PMI) in countries with strong laws to reduce tobacco use. The international maker of the best-selling Marlboro brand is the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company. During the third quarter of 2013, PMI reported that global cigarette sales fell both for the company and the industry as a whole, a promising sign that the tide may be turning on the global tobacco epidemic.
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Country emerges as global leader in fighting tobacco
Oct 21, 2013
With new action to reduce smoking, Russia has firmly positioned itself as a global leader in the fight against tobacco use, which is the world’s number one cause of preventable death.
Last week, the Russian Duma passed its second major piece of tobacco control legislation this year, giving Russia some of the strongest laws to combat tobacco use. The new law strengthens the comprehensive tobacco control law that President Putin signed in February and has been in force since June.
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Prime Minister: “Immoral” to let tobacco companies target children
Oct 16, 2012
UPDATE (Oct. 18, 2012): Following Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's speech earlier this week, Russia's Cabinet of Ministers today approved the proposed tobacco control legislation. The bill is expected to be sent to the Duma, or parliament, soon.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev today vowed to enact strong tobacco control legislation in the face of unrelenting opposition from tobacco companies.
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Country with sky-high smoking rates shows strong support for government action
Apr 27, 2011
Health ministers from around the world are meeting in Moscow this week to discuss the growing global health threat from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and heart disease. Russia’s severe tobacco epidemic makes it a case study in NCDs.
The good news is that the Russian public strongly supports effective solutions: Eight in ten Russians — including nearly two-thirds of daily smokers — support a national tobacco control policy to help reduce tobacco use.
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