Campaigners fear that Russia's new tobacco law won't workBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7334.382/a (Published 16 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:382
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In U.S. experience, limited bans, focusing on protecting teens, advertising restrictions, and similar limited approaches, typically have failed. There is little meaningful enforcement; cigarettes are widely available to all; 'smoking' zones proliferate.
Better, more meaningful, solutions are to
- 1. follow the 1897 Iowa model, banning manufacture and sale of cigarettes entirely;
- 2. utilize a due process of law concept, one providing for a right to pure air as per the British-United States common law system; and
- 3. prosecute tobacco manufacturers and sellers for tobacco-caused deaths pursuant to standard laws and precedents against poisoning and intentional death.
This is to encourage Russia to take these three full-solution-type approaches, as distinct from limited actions having foreseeably limited results.
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