According to a report from the Russian news agencies, the health ministry has drafted a bill to implement excise taxes on e-cigarettes. This report surfaced last month.
Health minister Veronika Skvortsovam says the country is leaving no stone unturned in a bid to minimize local smoking rate. Inaccurately justifying the aforesaid tax she stated that e-cigarettes are encouraging people to start smoking. “The manufacturers of these products are actually pulling (people) into a new malicious campaign, we need to resist,” she added.
Earlier the cigarettes and vaping products were to be regulated separately
Last year Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov revealed the country’s plan to place vaping products in a different category than tobacco products to enable a separate regulation.
The Russian government has “taken the initiative to separate these devices into a separate category because they are radically different from traditional cigarettes and tobacco” Minister Denis Manturov announced in the interim.
This motion was commended by public health experts, who have insisting that a product regulation should be in respect to the risks associated with the product.
Manturov said at that time, “Electronic devices are safer. Many experts, including Western experts, even articulate a figure: electronic means of nicotine delivery are 95% less harmful than conventional cigarettes.”
The number itself can be discussed, but the fact that the misdeeds are much less obvious. Therefore, the regulation of traditional tobacco products and electronic means must be unambiguous,” said Manturov
The endorsement was done by Russia for smoking cessation
Aside from that, the minister noted that Russia’s Ministry of Health uncertain about this motion, while continuing to urge smokers to resort to using safer alternatives to smoking traditional cigarettes. As far as the imminent regulation is concerned, the Minister suggests they should include restrictions on selling these dangerous products to teenagers, and also ban their use in schools. Regrettably, it looks like the tone of the Health Ministry has changed within just a year.