Russia to ban sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015
The Russian health ministry has proposed a plan to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015.
The health ministry’s proposal, which has the backing of President Vladimir Putin, would make Russia the first country in the world to completely phase out tobacco.
Russia has long been tolerant of smoking, and public restrictions were only introduced in 2013. But legislation introduced since then has toughened the law considerably.
However, there are doubts as to how enforceable any ban on selling to an entire generation of people would be. “This goal is absolutely ideologically correct,” Nikolai Gerasimenko, a member of the Russian parliament’s health committee told the Times on Tuesday.
There were also concerns that fake tobacco sold on the black market could be even worse for public health. A Kremlin spokesman said such a ban would need serious consideration and consultation with other ministries.
The move is likely to provoke fury among tobacco companies but Russia has already made
some strong progress against smoking. The number of smokers dropped by ten per cent in 2016, according to Tass news agency.