“..The Kremlin is finally getting tough on Big Tobacco -
- with a determined push to pass strict anti-smoking rules in the world’s second-largest tobacco market.
“We are ready.
This is going to be a harsh measure – but it is absolutely necessary.
It will take time—maybe another generation—but we will succeed in defeating smoking and promoting a healthy lifestyle,” said a spokesman for Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.
A bill that would establish nationwide smoking restrictions similar to those seen in much of the West — such as limits on advertising and smoking in restaurants —
- is expected to be submitted to parliament on Nov. 1 for a vote early next year.
A separate effort to raise excise duties nearly 135% by 2015 has already passed a parliamentary committee…”
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