Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tough Russian Anti-Tobacco Law Comes into Force

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Tough Russian Anti-Tobacco Law Comes into Force

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One of the world's toughest laws to stop smoking comes into force in the Russian Federation this month, a measure the government hopes will halve some 400 000 annual tobacco-related deaths in the country.

The law was signed in February by President Vladimir Putin. Both he and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev are non-smokers in this country of 141 million people, which has one of the highest smoking rates in the world. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 40% of the Russian population smokes.

"This tobacco control law is a major achievement of the Russian Federation since it ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in 2008," said Dr Douglas Bettcher, director of the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases at WHO.

"The adoption of this national law is a significant step in combating the tobacco epidemic in the Russian Federation and it paves the way for other countries regionally and globally to take bold actions to reduce tobacco use and save lives," Bettcher said. …

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