Russia considers banning sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015
Russia is planning to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015. If this move comes into effect, the country will become the first country to take such tough anti-tobacco stance.
Russia has already banned smoking in restaurants since 2013. Although it's a good initiative from the Russian government, experts are raising concerns about the rise of the black market for illegal cigarettes.
It [the law] provides for a ban on advertising and sponsorship and imposes restrictions on smoking in public places. Experts believe that the smoking ban in public places has made the biggest contribution to Russia’s falling tobacco consumption rate. That is why we are very cautious about the appearance of electronic cigarettes," said a health ministry official to TASS.
Around 300,000 to 400,000 Russian citizens die from smoking-related diseases each year.