During the meeting with the head of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, claimed that Russia will continue struggling with smoking without violation the rights of free of choice of the citizens.

We will continue to follow this path, carefully, so as not to infringe on the respective rights of the people’s own choices about what and how to do and how to live» - Vladimir Putin, quoted by «Interfax».

According to his words, the struggle with tobacco in Russia is a very urgent task. Russian President noted that, according to surveys in 2010, 40% of the adult population smokes tobacco.

«However, we have adopted a new plan for tobacco control. During its implementation the number of people who regularly smokes tobacco decreased by 16-17%» - said Vladimir Putin.

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