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Cloud of censure hangs over Russia's smokers

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Cloud of censure hangs over Russia's smokers


Smokers in Russia are under pressure to quit the demon weed after the Kremlin revealed it is to introduce a raft of anti-smoking measures.

The plan is to ban tobacco advertising by 2012 and outlaw lighting up in public places by 2015.

As many as 80 per cent of Russian men smoke and close to half of the country’s women are partial to a puff.

A healthy Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin called on his ministers to set an example by kicking the habit, which causes half a million Russian deaths per year.

Putin plans to slap a 44 per cent tax increase on tobacco this year. This is a blow for Russia’s smokers who currently enjoy some of the cheapest cigarettes in the world.

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