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Russia to ban smoking; uproar ensues
Posted By AIM Newswire On February 26, 2013 @ 8:30 am In AIM Newswire | No Comments
MOSCOW — Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Russian parliament have passed a bill into law this past week, which will gradually enforce a smoking ban in public places in Russia.
Smoking, combined with heavy alcoholic drinking, have become mainstays of Russian culture and society. With this ban starting in June 2013, Russians have publicly decried this measure entirely. Foreign tobacco companies like Phillip Morris have protested the law, which restricts cigarette sales, bans advertising and sponsorship of events by these companies.
The ban first implements a ban in schools and subways this June, then next year restaurants and cafes will also ban cigarettes and tobacco products. Putin and Russian officials passed the law in an attempt to clean up the country and make the country a healthier place to live in addition to keeping the population growth rates positive.
Russian life expectancy is sitting at 69 years, lower than the U.S. rate of 78 years. About 40% of Russians smoke, according to the World Bank, and its population growth is slowing down.
A typical problem with bans like these are the increase of cheap knock-off tobacco brands, which could actually be more dangerous than the authentic and heavily regulated products that tobacco companies put out. It is known as the black market effect in economics.
Looks like Putin and Russia are about to get schooled in law-making and economics.
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