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According to data released by the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) on August 28th, the sales volume of regular cigarettes in Russia is declining as smokers are shifting from traditional cigarettes to e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products. According to the data, the per capita retail sales volume of various types of cigarettes in Saint Petersburg, Russia, showed an average year-on-year decline of 47% from January to June 2023.
In an unexpected turn of events, disposable vape batteries from Ukraine are being repurposed to aid in the war against Russia. These batteries are being used to power devices in the conflict, showcasing the adaptability and resourcefulness of the Ukrainian forces.
Key Tatarstan experts in the fight against smoking are unhappy with the anti-tobacco campaign’s pace. Though the number of smokers anyway falls, noted vice chief doctor for medical affairs of the Republican Drug Clinic, [...] Rezeda Khayeva. At the same time, the popularity of vapes and other trendy ways of smoking seriously increased. Some health workers spreading fakes about the benefit of smoking in the fight against coronavirus complicate the fight too. According to Kazan’s chief pulmonologist Rustem Khamitov, some doctors in red zones of COVID-19 hospitals of the republic believe: “We don’t fall ill because we smoke!”
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian budget has incurred heavy expenses. To compensate for them, apparently, the government decided to use additional taxation of a number of goods. In September, the ministry of finance of the Russian Federation announced an increase in excise taxes on cigarettes, tobacco products and e-cigarettes by 20% from 2021.
The analysts of Realnoe Vremya calculated how much money the excise taxes on cigarettes bring to the budget and from which regions they come the most.
According to the document, as of October 1st, Russian authorities may be launching a study looking into the effectiveness of labeling tobacco products for tobacco heating devices, as well as tobacco-free hookah smoking mixtures. [...]
Earlier this year, a member of the Public Chamber Sultan Khamzaev had appealed to Health Minister Mikhail Murashko to limit the operation of hookah bars until the end of the year due to the coronavirus epidemic. According to Khamzaev, a temporary ban should be set in place in order to reduce the spread of infection in the fall.
Health minister Veronika Skvortsovam said that Russia has been striving to reduce local smoking rates, and justified this proposed tax by inaccurately stating that e-cigarettes are drawing people to take up smoking. “The manufacturers of these products are actually pulling (people) into a new malicious campaign, we need to resist,” she said. In 2018, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, had announced that Russia was preparing to categorize vaping products differently than tobacco products, and therefore regulate them separately.
Russia’s healthcare ministry has drafted a bill to introduce excise taxes on electronic cigarettes, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing minister Veronika Skvortsova.
Russia has in the past decade tightened tobacco sales regulations as part of a wider campaign to reduce smoking.
“The manufacturers of these products are actually pulling (people) into a new malicious campaign, we need to resist,” Interfax quoted Skvortsova as saying.