Russia cracks down on tobacco advertising and smoking in public places

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 25 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6010
  1. Tom Parfitt
  1. 1Moscow

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 …

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