Russia Attacks Smoking With Big Guns

James Brooke
(Voice of America, June 5, 2014)
“With an army of 44 million smokers, Russia is the world’s fourth largest cigarette market after China, India and Indonesia. But that may soon change…Russia has just banned smoking in all restaurants, bars, hotels, and trains. And it is now an increasingly common in Moscow to see groups of men and women smoking on the sidewalks…Last year, Russia banned cigarette advertising, placed graphic warnings on cigarette packs, and restricted smoking in many areas. Russia’s Health Ministry said these steps pushed 15 percent of the nation’s smokers to quit. Now, Russia plans to increase cigarette taxes six times in an effort to cut the nation’s legion of smokers by another 15 percent.”
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