Russia cracks down on tobacco advertising and smoking in public placesBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c6010 (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6010
- Tom Parfitt
The Russian government has launched a package of new measures aimed at breaking the back of the country’s smoking habit.
Almost 40% of Russians smoke—one of the highest rates in the world—and cigarettes kill up to half a million people a year. A powerful tobacco lobby has so far managed to water down antitobacco legislation and restrictions on smoking in public.
But a new proposal adopted by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s government says that all advertising and promotion of cigarettes will be illegal from 2012 and that a complete ban on smoking in enclosed public spaces and in all “medical, sports, and …