Rosalkogolregulirovanie confirmed the willingness to monitor the tobacco market

Rosalkogolregulirovanie (The Federal Service for Alcohol Market Regulation) is ready to fulfill the authority to regulate the tobacco market and supports this proposal. The head of the department Igor Chuyan confirmed that “there will be enough resources for this work”. This Friday, June 23, reports Interfax.
Commenting on the information that in the sphere of production and sale of tobacco products an accounting system by analogy with the EGAIS for alcohol can be introduced, the official explained that at present this issue is being scrutinized by the Ministry of Finance.
The day before, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) was in favor of setting up the EGAIS, a similar type operating on the alcohol market, in the sphere of production and sale of tobacco products.
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“We believe that in the future, one of the forms of accounting for and control over the production of tobacco products can be the fixation of information on this product in the unified state system of accounting for production – EGAIS. In the image and likeness of control over alcohol products, “said acting head of the department Ruslan Davydov.
In early March 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin sent to President Vladimir Putin proposals for the creation of a single regulator – an agency – to monitor the production and turnover of alcohol and tobacco products in Russia.
In turn, the deputy head of the tax and customs policy department of the Ministry of Finance, Nina Nechiporuk, said on March 23 that the labeling of tobacco products by analogy with fur products may start in July next year. The relevant bill is being under development.

The number of young smokers in Russia has declined by more than three times

According to the most recent estimate, the share of smokers in Russia has dropped by 20%, while the number of people consuming alcohol has decreased by 13.5%, said the Minister of Health of Russia Veronika Skvortsova. Over the past three years, some positive results have been achieved. It is confirmed by a number of thorough sociological researches, including those under the auspices of the UN. In particular, a research within the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) revealed that “in the Russian Federation, tobacco consumption has declined from almost 40% in 2009 to 30.9% in 2016″. Continue reading The number of young smokers in Russia has declined by more than three times

Researchers have developed a drug to ease pain, slow the cognitive decline and make it easier for people to stop smoking

Texas A&M researchers have developed drugs to enhance the function of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. The drug can potentially have three very different applications: easing pain, slowing the cognitive decline and making it easier for people to stop smoking.

According to the scientists, the new drug acts on nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which makes it possible to alleviate pain. Furthermore, it can slow the cognitive decline associated with neuropsychiatric diseases.

Another application of the drug is using it as a way to quit smoking. However, it involves activation of multiple nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which can catalyse multiple side effects to occur.

Russia is implementing a national standard for IQOS (heated tobacco)

The Federal Agency for Technical Regulation and Metrology (Rosstandart) signed an order approving the national standard for IQOS . “So far, there have been no standards for this type of products. The Russian Federation is the first country where the national standard for heated tobacco will come into force,” Rosstandart said in a statement.

The standard will come into effect on July 1, 2017. It refers to heated tobacco that is consumed by means of inhaling a tobacco vapor with a heating device (in the absence of burning).

Russia ranks fourth worldwide in the number of deaths caused by smoking

According to a recent study, Russia has been ranked fourth in the number of smokers and deaths associated with smoking.
In the course of 2015, cigarettes took the lives of 283 people. The research has revealed that more than 8 million of Russian women (12% of female population) smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. As for men, the share of smokers account for 38% of the male population.
According to some estimate, there are 1 billion smokers on Earth (which means that one in every seven people constantly buys cigarettes). In 2015, 11% of deaths resulted from pathologies associated with smoking.
Every year, about 5 million people die of the negative effects of nicotine. Cigarettes are mainly popular among the countries with a low standard of living. “Top-10″ is headed by China, followed by India, Indonesia and Russia. The list also includes such countries as Germany, Japan, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Brazil.
Almost 50% of male population smoke in the Mariana Islands. The Laotians, Armenians, Indonesians and Kiribati residents are also well-known as heavy smokers. The highest share of female smokers lives in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Greenland.
The largest number of people dying of smoking has been tracked in China and India. A high level of mortality due to the addiction has also been shown in Indonesia, Russia and the United States of America.
On June 1, 2013, anti-tobacco law came into effect in Russia. Most importantly, the law prohibits smoking in public places (transport communication, cultural and sports institutions, offices, government bodies, etc.).

If the statistics of numerous deaths of Russians from tobacco products are correct, why do “death factories” still work?

According to the research made by a British scientific journal The Lancet, in 2015 in Russia 283 thousand people died of diseases caused by smoking. Recently, especially after the launch of the anti-tobacco campaign, the information about deaths from smoking is regularly published both in Russia and abroad. Frightening figures vary but practically all the researchers report hundreds of thousands of smokers dying annually. While Russian anti-tobacconists tend to speak in larger terms thank their foreign colleagues. Russian officials, politicians and experts disclosed the information about a half-million tobacco victims per yearly.

Continue reading If the statistics of numerous deaths of Russians from tobacco products are correct, why do “death factories” still work?

There is a proposal to ban smoking in front of children in Russia

The public organization “League of Nation’s Health” proposed for State Duma deputies to introduce a ban on smoking in public places in front of minors.


“People complain that parents smoke in front of children. They smoke everywhere in the public places. A public place consists of two or more people. Today’s society requests to stop it”- said vice-president of the” League of Nation’s Health”, Nikolai Kononov.


According to him, by 17 November, the deputies together with the experts are going to form this recommendation into the draft bill. Kononov said “measures to stop smoking in public places should be developed gradually.”


In September 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Russia has made tangible progress in the fight against smoking.


The law banning smoking began to operate in 2013. Then we have banned smoking in doorways, government offices, hospitals, theatres, museums, SPA’s and sports facilities. The full force of anti-smoking law came on June 1, 2014. Smoking has been banned in all cafes and restaurants. The limitation does not spread over the electronic cigarettes and hookah tobacco-free.

“League of Nation’s Health” – the all-Russian public organization, founded in 2003. It promotes a healthy lifestyle and participates in making public health protection programs. League is one of the accredited organizations that distribute government grants among social NGOs.

Tobacco companies are not against the conduct of the excise tax on the innovative tobacco products.

At the same time, the company believes that excise duty on products should be lower than on the traditional cigarettes.

Participants of the Russian tobacco market are not against the introduction of the excise tax on innovative tobacco products, but they believe that the excise duty on them should be lower than on the traditional cigarettes. This opinion was expressed by the interviewed representatives of major tobacco companies, some of which are already producing such products.

Earlier on Thursday, a source familiar with the discussion of the initiative, told that in Russia from 2017 the excise duty on tobacco smoking in electronic devices, such as iQOS, may be introduced. According to him, the issue was raised again in 2015, rates will be discussed, however, the excise tax itself could act in 2017

It is not the first time when the Russian authorities say about the possibility of introducing excise duties not only on traditional but also alternative products for smoking. Earlier, in April 2016, Deputy Finance Minister Ilya Trunin reportedthat the Finance Ministry ponders the possibility of the introduction of excise duty on electronic cigarettes. According to him, in electronic cigarettes a subject for the excise would be the liquid inside this product. The Deputy Minister stated that he considered it strange that conventional cigarettes are a subject to excise duty and the electronic cigarettes- no.

Opinion of the industry

Tobacco companies generally supportive the similar logic, but believe that the specific tax should be used for innovative products.

“The market for innovative products, alternative traditional cigarettes, develops, and the certainty is undoubtedly important. Electric heating system iQOS tobacco – potentially less harmful alternative adult smokers, “- told the Vice-President of Corporate Affairs affiliated companies Philip Morris International in Russia Sergei Slipchenko. In his opinion, this fact should be taken into account when shaping the approach of the taxation of tobacco sticks (cartridges), used with iQOS.

Vice-President of “JTI Russia” Corporate Affairs and Communications Sergey Kiselev said that the company understands the government’s interest in the taxation of e-cigarettes. “At the same time, we believe that the level of such taxation shall be reasonable and clearly defined tax base. We support the specific tax structure, tax calculations on the basis of the physical volume of liquid containing nicotine “, – he said. At the same time, Kiselev considers reasonable the introduction of taxation of heating smoking devices. “As the heated tobacco, it would be logical that such tobacco products are also subject to the excise tax,” – he said. According to him, JTI is in favour of the use of specific tax, the calculation of the basis is the weight of the tobacco cut filler (mixture).

As stressed Kiselev, a specific level of taxation in both cases should be determined taking into account the need to ensure the effectiveness of tax revenue in the long term. Given the small market share, the current setting of the excessively high rates of excise duty is able to slow down the further development of this category and as a result does not meet the expectations of the state tax collections, he said.

Director of Corporate Affairs “BAT Russia” Alexander Lutyi, in his turn, told that the regulation of the market of electronic cigarettes and all sorts of other nicotine-containing devices generally should not interfere with the development and sales of products that could potentially carry a lower risk for smokers.

The device for heating iQOS tobacco was developed by Philip Morris International. The technology – a process of heating the tobacco without burning, resulting in a “tobacco pairs” (aerosol). Unlike electronic cigarette, running on a special liquid, iQOS can be used only with special cartridges, which contain specially treated tobacco. iQOS cost in Russia is 7 thousand RUB. Other tobacco companies do not sell now similar products in the Russian Federation.

Philip Morris has contested in the cassation the penalty of the Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) for the SMS advertising

“Philip Morris Sales and Marketing”, which is one of the affiliated companies of the Philip Morris International in Russia, has filed a cassation to the legality of the FAS fine of 150 thousand rubles for the distribution of the SMS advertising, according to the files of the arbitration cases “Justice.”

October 9, 2015 – Arbitration Court of Moscow rejected the company’s claim to the Federal Antimonopoly Service. The Ninth Arbitration Court of Appeal on January 25 upheld the decision of the first instance unchanged. These legal acts the company appealed in the Arbitration Court of the Moscow District.

Earlier FAS of Moscow Oblast received a complaint from an individual that he received an promotional SMS from “Marlboro”: “Hello, Cyril! Do not miss the chance to take part in an exciting adventure. All the fun kicks off start on April 14. Smoking kills”. This message, according to FAS was sent without the consent of an individual to receive advertising.

During the consideration of the issue, it was found that the distribution of this advertising violates the part of article 7, paragraph 8 of the law “On Advertising”, as expressed in the spread of tobacco advertising. Having assessed the arguments of advertising and individuals involved in the case, FAS Commission decided that the SMS-advertisement does not comply with the law on advertising.

The same conclusion was reached by members of the Expert Council on the application of legislation RF on advertising at FAS. In their opinion, the usage of words in SMS-message such as “Marlboro” and “Smoking kills” are aimed at drawing attention to tobacco products.

On the basis of the Commission’s decision 30 March 2015 FAS adopted a resolution on bringing «Philip Morris Sales and Marketing” to administrative liability and imposition of a fine in the amount of 150 thousand rubles for the distribution of advertising of tobacco products. The company appealed the decision in court.