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In a first, Russia to ban cigarette sales 'to anyone born after 2015'

Russia could be the first country in the world to completely phase out tobacco

IANS  |  Moscow 

The Russian Health Ministry has unveiled plans to ban the sale of cigarettes to anyone born after 2015, the media reported. The Health Ministry proposal, which has the backing of President Vladimir Putin, would make Russia the first country in the world to completely phase out tobacco. The ban proposal, obtained by Russian newspaper Izvestia, would go into effect in 2033, when the affected Russian citizens (now babies) turn 18 years old. "This goal is absolutely ideologically correct," Nikolai Gerasimenko, a member of the Russian Parliament's Health Committee ...

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