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RUSSIA

Government plans to eliminate cigarettes

03 Jan 2019. Russia’s Health Ministry has prepared a comprehensive plan for how it wants to completely eradicate cigarettes in the country, according to the German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse-Agentur), Ärzte Zeitung online reported.

By 2050 the number of smokers should fall to five per cent of the population, the Russian media wrote, citing a draft by the Ministry of Health. In 2016, 40 million Russians (40 per cent of the population) smoked cigarettes, according to the report.

The government said it wants to curb tobacco consumption by raising taxes. The report did not mention how expensive cigarettes would be in the future. Smoking is much more inexpensive in Russia than in other countries like Germany.

For some years now, smoking has been banned in Russian stadiums, schools, shops, hotels, restaurants and train stations. If fewer Russians smoke cigarettes, the high costs of treating secondary diseases will drop in the future, according to the Ministry of Health.