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Russia to curb cigarette ad, public smoking
4.10.2010 18:40
Russia to curb cigarette ad, public smoking

Tobacco advertising in Russia, where more than half of adults smoke, should be outlawed by 2012 and smoking in public places banned by 2015, the government press service said on Monday. In June the health ministry forced manufacturers to put anti-smoking messages on cigarette packs, warning of lung cancer, wrinkles and impotence, adopting standards similar to those in the European Union. Tobacco producers consider the program too radical, saying a high increase on duties may cause counterfeit tobacco consumption. Russia remains one of the world's top tobacco clients, however, with the domestic market dominated by Japan Tobacco Inc., Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco PLC. Some 409 billion cigarettes were produced in Russia last year. According to the latest statistics, there are 43.9 million smokers in Russia, or 40 percent of the population. Around 80 percent of Russians are exposed to passive smoking daily and 40 percent of women smokers continue the habit through pregnancy. Russians annually spend $13.3 billion on cigarettes while up to 500,000 people die of smoking-related diseases every year in the country, whose population the United Nations says could shrink to 116 million by 2050 from 142 million now. Along with smoking, alcoholism, AIDS, pollution and poverty are among the factors leading to early deaths and discouraging births in Russia. RIA News

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