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DM declares war on Smoking.

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MOSCOW — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday pledged to take a tough stand on smoking and tobacco as the government is set to consider an anti-smoking bill.
In a video address posted on his blog, Medvedev announced that the government was presently “at war against smoking.”
A bill drafted by the Health Ministry is set to be considered by the government before the end of the month and will contain significant steps to counter smoking in the country, including a ban on smoking in public places.

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Russian smokers have two years to quit as the country`s government approves a harsh anti-smoking law for 2015. If passed the legislation would prohibit smoking in any public place including restaurants and cafes.


Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been persistent in pushing for this legislation. “This is a big problem and we are too careless about it,” he noted addressing the ministers after the discussion.



“We have to move towards civilization, like the rest of the world. And this will bring in an effect that will be measured in human lives,” he said.
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This is similar to existing Swedish laws, perhaps we should fill in a complaint about "copyright infringement"
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Russia Faces 'Battle' Over Anti-Smoking Bill

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The Cabinet of Ministers’ unanimous approval Thursday of a controversial anti-smoking bill was the latest salvo in the debate over how to tackle Russia’s tobacco addiction.

As a result, some government officials are preparing for what they say will be a “battle” with Russia’s powerful tobacco lobby.

“We will face an enormous amount of difficulties, particularly in the State Duma, and people will attempt to emasculate this bill,” Public Chamber member and former Duma deputy Maxim Mischenko said at a press conference Tuesday.
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In that last article it is stated:

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“The effectiveness of such measures, in our view, is highly questionable,” BAT said in a press release last month, adding that the law “must take into account the realities of the Russian market.”
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Enligt Statens folkhälsoinstitut minskade antalet rökare i Sverige med 150000 mellan åren 2004-2006. Detta förmodas bero på förbudet att röka inomhus på restauranger etc. som infördes 2005
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My translation: According to the state ministry of public health the number of smokers in Sweden dropped by 150000 between the years 2004-2006. This is believed to be the result of prohibitions on smoking inside restaurants and similair that was imposed in 2005.
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Nationwide Public Smoking Ban Looms

MOSCOW – Suffocating bars, smoke-filled restaurants and ash-laden office stairwells could soon be a thing of the past if legislation aimed at banning smoking in public places passes the remaining few hurdles and gets signed into law.

But not everyone is rejoicing at the prospect of a government-led crackdown on smoking.

“Smoking is a habit for millions of Russian adults who buy legal products in licensed shops with money they have earned honestly and on which they have paid taxes,” said Andrei Loskutov, executive director of the All-Russia Movement for Smokers’ Rights.

“In its current form, the bill will prevent them from smoking these legal products. This is a direct infringement of smokers’ rights.”

Loskutov spoke to The St. Petersburg Times days before the State Duma is scheduled to hear on Friday a second reading of the anti-tobacco bill, which would phase in restrictions on smoking in public places and toughen legislation affecting tobacco sellers.
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MOSCOW — A group of United Russia lawmakers have accused a colleague, world chess champion Anatoly Karpov, of lobbying on behalf of a tobacco company, and they asked the Justice Ministry to see whether he can be labeled a foreign agent.

The attack against Karpov is seen as part of a smoldering conflict between lobbyists, as anti-smoking legislation is pending in the State Duma, experts said. The country’s $22 billion tobacco market is currently the second-largest in the world, surpassed only by China.

Several Duma deputies, including ones from United Russia, stated in a letter to the ministry that the charitable foundation Peace and Harmony, co-founded by Karpov, is a partner of Japan Tobacco International, one of the three largest tobacco companies in Russia.

The move was prompted by a proposal by Karpov to exclude an article from the anti-smoking bill that addresses the illegal tobacco trade.

The anti-tobacco bill, which passed in first reading, is seen as one of the strongest government attempts to curb rampant smoking in the country.

It will affect 44 million citizens, or a third of the population. About 400,000 people die annually from smoking related diseases, according to offical figures.

The law would ban smoking in most public places and introduce tough punishments for violators.

“The point of our collective letter is to check whether a deputy’s foundation is a foreign agent,” United Russia deputy Alyona Arshinova told Izvestia Monday.
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MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti) - Some 35 percent of Russians support an initiative to introduce a 3,000 ruble ($100) fine for smoking in public places, an opinion poll by the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) published on Monday found.

Thirty-four percent said the fine would be too big, whereas 19 percent do not approve of the initiative at all; five percent said the fine was too small and seven percent were undecided.

Most respondents (61 percent) said they are against banning smoking lounges at workplaces, while 22 percent backed the idea.

Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, approved a ban on smoking in public places in a crucial second reading on January 25. The Duma passed the anti-smoking bill in a first reading in December. It envisages a gradual ban on smoking in public, including government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, cultural sites, sports stadiums and public transport.
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Published: February 6, 2013 (Issue # 1745)

The World Health Organization, which has supported Russia’s plans to take tough measures to limit smoking, is calling for the age limit for cigarette sales to be raised in Russia, Interfax reported.

“In many countries you can buy cigarettes from the age of 18. However, many counties have raised the age limit to 20 to 21 years old,” said Haik Nikogosyan, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

“Raising the age limit in Russia could be an effective measure. That would be the right step,” he said.
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All EU-countries have the same. Most smokers originally opposed to it, but very quickly changed their minds. No one wants to wake up in the morning and find that all their clothes smell like tobacco smoke.
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Russian Parliament Passes Anti-Smoking Bill

MOSCOW, February 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's lower house of parliament, the State Duma, on Tuesday approved a bill banning smoking in public places in its third and final reading.

The ban, which takes effect on June 1, was passed by a 441 to one vote.

The Duma passed the anti-smoking bill in a second reading on January 25. It envisages a gradual ban on smoking in public, including in government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, cultural sites, stadiums and public transport.
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Fines for smoking in public places in Russia to reach RUB 1,500

MOSCOW, February 13 (Itar-Tass) – Fines for smoking in public places in Russia will amount to 1,000-1,500 roubles, according to the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences, following the adoption of the anti-tobacco law.

The amendments were initiated by Sergei Zheleznyak of United Russia and the heads of the Duma’s relevant committees.

“Since some of the provisions in the draft law will become effective from July 1, 2013, its effective application will require prompt amendments to the Code of Administrative Offences to introduce administrative penalties for smoking in public places where it is banned by law, as well as to the Law ‘On Advertising’ that banned any tobacco advertising in mass media and on the Internet,” Zheleznyak said.

He confirmed that fines for violations of the law would be determined on the basis of international practice.

The draft law bans smoking in public places, on urban and inter-urban transport, at workplaces and in working areas, and in common areas in dwelling houses.

It also raises tobacco excises and sets minimum selling prices for cigarettes.

The document calls for a substantial increase in tobacco excises. The government has already proposed raising excises by 45 percent in 2013, by 45 percent in 2014 and by 20 percent in 2015. This will nearly double excises by 2015,” he added.

Currently, tobacco excises are 7.8 roubles per pack and it will grow to 16 roubles by 2015, compared to about 100 roubles in Eastern Europe.
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Federation Council Passes Anti-Smoking Bill

MOSCOW, February 20 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, approved a bill on Wednesday banning smoking in public places.

The ban, which takes effect on June 1, was passed by 125 votes. Four senators voted against the bill and six abstained.

The State Duma, the parliament’s lower house, passed the bill in its third and final reading on February 12.

The bill introduces a gradual ban on smoking in public, including in government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, cultural sites, stadiums and public transport.
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MOSCOW, February 25 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed into law a ban on smoking in public places, the Kremlin website said on Monday.

The law envisages a gradual ban on smoking in public, including in government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, cultural sites, sports stadiums and on public transport.

The law comes into force on June 1, 2013, though some of its provisions, including a total ban on smoking in restaurants, trains and hotels, will only come into effect one year later.

The legislation also imposes a total ban on tobacco advertising. Tobacco companies will be barred from holding promotional prize draws and sponsoring public events and competitions.

The bill also prohibits display of tobacco products in shops. Sales in retail kiosks will be banned from June 2014, and minimum prices will be set for cigarettes, which currently cost just 40 rubles ($1.30) a pack.
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Both the tobacco industry and local businesses have expressed concern over the opportunities the new law presents for criminal activity.


President Vladimir Putin signed a law on Monday prohibiting smoking in public places. The legislation is due to come into force in July 2013 with a ban in schools, hospitals, airports and the public areas of apartment buildings.

In July 2014 it will become illegal to smoke in cafes, restaurants and bars. Other provisions limit the display of cigarettes at the point of sale as well as sales from kiosks.

In a country with one of the world’s highest rates of smoking (40 percent of Russia’s adult population smoke), the effects of the public smoking ban will be widespread and complex, with ramifications for industry sectors such as hospitality.

In the U.K., for example, a significant number of pubs have closed since similar legislation was imposed in 2007. The pub culture that is such a feature of traditional British life doesn’t exist in the same way in Russia, but even so, some fear a similar outcome.

Pavel Shteinlukht, co-owner of the city’s popular Terminal Bar on Ulitsa Rubinsteina, expressed concern about the impact the new legislation would have on local bar owners.

‘The majority of our customers smoke,” he said, speaking to The St. Petersburg Times last Friday. “I think the destiny of these laws is unpredictable; they are so artificial for Russia... If they are totally implemented they will surely affect the bar business.”

The same argument is made by tobacco company Philip Morris International, one of three firms — the other two are Japan Tobacco Inc. and British American Tobacco — that account for about 87 percent of a market in Russia that is estimated at $14.5 billion.
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GORKI (Moscow Region), April 24 (RIA Novosti) – New legislation banning smoking in public places could save up to 200,000 lives annually in Russia, which has some of the highest rates of smoking in the world, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

“I hope that it [anti-smoking law] will contribute to reducing this factor [smoking],” Medvedev said at the first session of the government’s health protection committee.

Medvedev cited expert data according to which the ban will “not only save health but also up to 200,000 lives” a year, which is equal to “the population of a large Russian city.”
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