Small business does not want to trade periodicals in addition to tobacco

“Opora Rossii” has criticized the amendments to the law on health care, prescribing that the pavilions, wishing to sell tobacco products must necessarily be in the range of periodicals. In addition, it is necessary to place social advertising indoors. Lobbyists for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) saw this as discrimination against small businesses, because it is not required for the stationary stores. “Opora Rossii” sent a negative response on the relevant laws to the respective heads of the State Duma committees.

Negative feedbacks on the amendments by the deputy Dmitry Nosov “Opora Rossii” has sent to the head of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy, Innovative Development and Entrepreneurship, Anatoly Aksakov, and to the head of the Committee on Health Sergey Furgal. The organization asks not supporting the adoption during the consideration of the amendments. Draft bills with the amendments (introduced in February this year) foresee the changes in the art. 19 of the Law “On protection of citizens’ health from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco use.”
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Cigarette manufacturers will be obliged to put on the stack unpleasant color and telephone of the “hot line”

The cigarette packages that are sold in the countries – members of the EEU are applied standardized warning of the dangers of smoking, according to the Ministry of Health of Russia. Sketches of these warnings are approved at the meeting of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

“Warnings will be placed on both sides at the top of the stack, and occupy not less than 50% of the area of ​​each side”, – said in a statement.

On packs with thin cigarettes the warnings may be smaller, but the rest will be filled with color Panton 448C (bog-brown) with a text warning about the dangers of smoking.

“This color, in some studies, has been recognized as the most unpleasant for the smoker on the perception,” – says the Ministry of Health.

Manufacturers, for example, in Australia and UK must use color Panton 448C on cigarette packs.

“In Russia the pack will also include the telephone of “hotline” on the issues of healthy lifestyle (8-800-200-0-200)” – noted in the Ministry of Health.

After the entry into force the manufacturers need to translate all the pack with a new design during the year.

Selective humanism

March 24, the members of the Health Protection Committee were discussing the bill introducing a single standard for the cigarette sales – 20 pieces in a pack.
The majority of the State Duma Committee on Health voted for approving a bill banning the sale of more than 20 cigarettes in a pack. In the case of the adoption – the bill will come into force July 1, 2016. The bill had previously received approvals from the government. However, the Cabinet of the ministers endorsed a draft law on the condition of its entry into force with a delay, but not immediately after the adoption. “The main amendments, which were recommended to us by the government proposal added up to make a more smooth entry into force”, – said the deputy Sergey Dorofeev, author of the bill. His colleague, Victor Zvagelskii, offered to give the tobacco companies a delay in this matter till 1 July 2016, and the majority voted for this amendment and it was adopted.

The bill affects the interests of large companies, and lawmakers heard them and established a reasonable transitional period. We would like to see the consistent actions from the deputies and the government on this issue, even if the bill affects the interests and small companies. Snus ban that was passed with hysterical haste in the last week of December 2015 did not include any transitional period and came into force from the date of publication, January 11, 2016, making four importers of snus and all their trading partners as “violators”. Is this a civilized approach?

Interestingly, the amendment of snus in the Federal Law-15, reducing the potential revenues of about 200 million rubles per year (in 2015 was imported about 100 tons of snus), have been adopted with an immediate effect, and the present amendment, which actually increases revenues the budget by 5-6 billion rubles in annual terms, was adopted with the transition period. Certainly, the presence of the transition period – good for any business, and the Committee’s decision is welcome, but it raises questions of deputies’ competences, especially in the context of the budgetary provision: the project that lowers the tax revenue enters into effect immediately, and the one that increases the tax revenue – with a delay. And this we see at a time when budget desperately needs every penny.

On the eve of the meeting of the Committee, “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” published an article on this subject, which has outlined in detail the interesting ideas of the deputy chairman of the Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes Sergey Katasonov. According to him, from a budgetary point of view, it is not necessary to impose restrictions on the packaging format, and it is necessary to increase by 3% ad valorem component of excise tax. Detailed calculation of the deputy cited in the paper shows that the budget for each 1,000 cigarettes in this case would have received more than the prohibition of large packs. A striking example of the “Australian logic.” It is clear for a hedgehog that the budget will bring more if you increase the tax rate. You need to offer a solution how to raise the tax revenues WITHOUT changing tax rates – and the unification of the packages is a solution – well done and a specialist in its place. Opposition to such a proposal should also raise questions about the competence of a member of the Budget Committee, especially its head. A proposal to increase the ad valorem part of the tax, frankly redistributive tax burden to the sellers of cheap cigarettes manufacturers more expensive products, should raise questions about the integrity of the deputy, in fact, lobbying someone’s specific interests. Let’s hope that the upcoming elections and the shake-up compositions of all Duma committees will result in the tax committee of professionals in the public mathematics, and not “the Australian logic” and demagogy.

Cigarettes are sold from the trunks of car, there are no excise stamps or scary pictures on the illegal products.

These “mobile shops” can be found in almost every market and mini-market of the city. The range is great – popular among Omsk citizens Winston, L & M, Chesterfield and Camel, but the demand is for the cheapest cigarettes.

Omsk citizens take few blocks of unknown cigarettes with filter Fast, allegedly produced in Europe. The cost of a pack – 40 rubles. These are the most inexpensive cigarettes, not counting the “Prima” without filter, which is sold at 18 rubles per pack.

Many packs have no excise stamps, and even pictures with horror stories. Price – 20-30 per cent lower than in tobacco shops. It is approximately equal to the wholesale prices in the shops, but, according to one of the sellers, cigarettes imported from neighbouring Kazakhstan.

Smokers in St. Petersburg will get free tickets to the sports club

Public organization “Official no smoking society” launched a social project “SportGrad” that will help citizens from St. Petersburg to quit smoking. They will help with a word and with an action: for example, who want to quit will have individual psychological support over the phone and give a free pass to the gym.

The participants of the project “SportGrad” will be required the implementation of the rules: people who want to quit will have to visit a sports club at least twice a week and as a confirmation to publish photos from training in social networks. Another condition – not to use tobacco products during the entire period of participation in the program.

To get help in giving up cigarettes, you need only fill out a form and wait for the start of a new group (the start is each month). Every smoker who has attained 18 years of age can participate in the project.

573.5 thousand packs of counterfeit cigarettes “Troika” from the manufacturer of the Bagrationovsk will be destroyed according to the court’s decision

Thirteenth Arbitration Appeal Court of St. Petersburg partially overturned the decision of the Kaliningrad arbitration on the suit to the regional customs Bagrationovsky “Cigaretts. Kenigsberg. Production”.

Last year, when the customs office through Bagrationovsky followed two batches of cigarette packs (500 thousand pieces and 73.5 thousand and pieces), customs officers found that cigarette packaging had “three horses, harnessed to the sled.” According to customs officials, this image contains elements of similarity to the point of confusion with the trademark “Troika”, owned by JSC “Liggett-Ducat.” Next the regional customs office was instituted two administrative proceedings against the manufacturer of cigarettes “Cigaretts. Kenigsberg. Production “.

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Sweet poison: the electronic cigarettes are dangerous

The Bundestag approved a bill banning the sale of electronic cigarettes and hookahs for children and adolescents. Experts want to ban all flavours for them.

In stores, they lie on the shelves next to the famous chocolates and exotic flavours beckon: electronic cigarettes are found by more and more buyers. Now a law that has already been approved by the German Parliament, prohibits their sale to minors – as well as regular cigarettes.

 

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In Voronezh, a criminal case on the fact of illegal business activities on a large scale

Employees of the Department of Economic Security and Anti-corruption Directorate of Russia for the Voronezh region in the investigation of the criminal case initiated on the grounds of an offense under part 4 of article 327.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, suppressed the activity of an organized group of persons engaged in the production and sale of unmarked tobacco products, to be special labelling (excise) stamps, on a large scale.

 

In a non-residential place located, street 50 Let Octyabrya, village Ramon, Voronezh region employees put the special stamps on the ready tobacco products; the stamps were produced not at “Gosznak”.

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The State Duma has rejected a draft bill on a total ban on advertising of tobacco and alcohol

The State Duma in the first reading rejected a draft bill on a total ban on tobacco and alcohol advertising.

The document proposes to ban advertising of alcohol, beer and beverages on its basis, as well as tobacco, tobacco products and smoking accessories. The draft bill made these corresponding changes to the federal law “On Advertising” and “On Restriction of Tobacco Smoking” and “On Basic Guarantees of the Rights of the Child.”

 

The authors of the initiative – the State Duma Igor Lebedev and Yaroslav Nilov (both are from the LDPR party).

Federal Service on Surveillance for Consumer Rights and Human Well-being fined at 2 million RUB Amur traders of alcohol and tobacco

During 2015 the Office of Federal Service on Surveillance for Consumer Rights and Human Well-being in the Amur region tested 328 sites that sell alcohol and tobacco products. Violations of the legal requirements were set in the 154 objects of trade.

 

During inspections of retail outlets for the sale of tobacco products the following violations were set: the implementation of tobacco products at a price higher than the maximum retail price printed on the package (bundle); implementation of tobacco products was carried out at a distance less than 100 meters from the border areas of educational and medical institutions; there were no signs of smoking ban to designate areas, buildings, facilities, where tobacco smoking is prohibited; tobacco smoking was carried out by citizens at an undisclosed location; engaged in retail trade in tobacco products with the computation and the demonstration of tobacco products.

The audits revealed violations of the conditions of storage at the sale of alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverages found expired.

On tested commerce sites promoted the selection of 12 samples of alcoholic beverages, which were studied in the laboratory “Centre for Hygiene and Epidemiology in the Amur region.” 7 samples did not meet the regulatory requirements, including the organoleptic characteristics (presence of foreign inclusions).

The guilty persons were brought to administrative responsibility, the amount of the imposed administrative penalties amounted to about 2 million RUB.