MOSCOW, November 6. /TASS/. A Russian lawmaker plans to initiate a bill banning to sell tobacco to persons younger than 21, the Izvestia daily writes on Thursday.
The current law prohibits to sell tobacco to persons younger than 18.
Sergei Poddubny, the first deputy chairman of the committee for physical culture, sport and youth affairs of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, the initiator of the stricter ban, also plans to raise the issue of poor performance of the current anti-tobacco law.
The anti-tobacco law in Russia came into force on June 1, 2013, immediately after the World No Tobacco Day. Starting from June 1, 2013, smoking was prohibited in public places, at hospitals, schools, cultural and sports facilities, in administrative buildings, airports, offices and staircases in dwelling houses. Starting from June 1, 2014, the ban became effective for long-distance trains and vessels, platforms, hotels, markets and shops. Smoking is also banned at restaurants, cafes and bars. Apart from that, the law prohibits placing tobacco advertising in the mass media and in shops. It is prohibited to stage outdoor tobacco advertising and promotion campaigns or to sponsor such campaigns. It also raises tobacco excises and sets minimum selling prices for cigarettes.
“The law banning smoking in public places is actually not working… At a next plenary week starting from November 10, we will have a meeting of our committee, where I will suggest a roundtable meeting be organized on issues of the implementation of the anti-tobacco law. We will also discuss the initiative to ban tobacco selling to persons younger than 21,” Poddubny said.
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