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Putin To Outlaw Public Smoking By 2015

From an approving Agence France-Presse:

Russia unveils plan to ban public smoking by 2015

October 4, 2010

MOSCOW (AFP) – Russia plans to cut its army of smokers — up to 80 percent of its men — with bans on advertising and smoking in public places, it revealed in a policy statement posted Monday on the government website.

"Between 350,000 and 500,000 people die in Russia each year as a result of consuming tobacco," said the hard-hitting policy statement, which was signed last month by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

This is being implemented by a diktat "policy statement" rather than legislation written and passed by the representatives of the Russian people?

Guess they really don’t have a real republic like we do.

Up to 80 percent of men smoke in some regions, and up to 47 percent of women, the report said. Smoking rates among women and minors have tripled in the last five years.

The government plans to ban advertising and promotion of cigarettes from 2011 and to introduce a complete ban on smoking in enclosed spaces, as well as in "medical, sports and cultural institutions" by 2015

The state statistics agency said in December that more than 17 percent of deaths in 2009 were caused by smoking.

So in the near future there will be 500,000 fewer deaths each year in Russia? Where are they going to put all of these people?

Russia in 2008 ratified the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, signed by more than 100 countries since it was adopted in 2003

First, the World Health Organization came for my cigarettes, but since I didn’t smoke…

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 4th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Putin To Outlaw Public Smoking By 2015”

  1. JohnMG says:

    To paraphrase a line of one of the bad guys in the movie “A Fistful of Dollars”; “By 2015 you’ll be smokin’ in hell.”

    Evidently Putin didn’t get Obama’s ‘death panel’ drift. If 350k to 500k people in Russia die from tobacco, (a fairly wide spread for an estimate and a dubious claim calculated for effect) I wonder what their number would be for alcohol consumption. My guess is that most of Russia’s alcoholics are also smokers, though I have no data to back this up.

    If I were forced to live there and as they do, I might also be inclined to drink and smoke myself into an early departure.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Putin ==== The original Mr. Potato Head

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Rest easy.
    It is still OK to down your Vodka from a brown bag in public.

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