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Russia defies WHO antismoking convention by allowing misleading advertising

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2837
  1. Vasiliy Vlassov
  1. 1Moscow

    The Russian government is flouting the World Health Organization’s convention against smoking, despite having ratified it earlier this year.

    In defiance of the convention a new Russian standard permits the use of misleading advertising of cigarettes, including the use of the word “light” to describe certain brands, and allows representatives of the tobacco industry to take part in the legislative process.

    The lower chamber of the …

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