Russian smokers down 17% since 2013

On the 2-year anniversary of Russia's historic tobacco control law, the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation reported encouraging prevalence numbers. The number of smokers in Russia has fallen by about 17% since the adoption of tobacco control legislation in 2013.

In February 2013, strong tobacco control legislation was adopted banning smoking in public places, requiring graphic health warnings  on cigarette packs and prohibiting advertising for tobacco products. The legislation has been in force since June 2013, but some of its provisions — including a ban on smoking in restaurants, hotels and trains — came into effect in summer 2014. Compliance with the legislation remains high.