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WHO Calls for Harsher Tobacco Laws

Published: February 6, 2013 (Issue # 1745)


The World Health Organization, which has supported Russias plans to take tough measures to limit smoking, is calling for the age limit for cigarette sales to be raised in Russia, Interfax reported.

In many countries you can buy cigarettes from the age of 18. However, many counties have raised the age limit to 20 to 21 years old, said Haik Nikogosyan, Head of the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

Raising the age limit in Russia could be an effective measure. That would be the right step, he said.

Nikogosyan said the WHO supported Russias plans to limit smoking in public places. The law on the matter is to be considered by the State Duma in a third reading later this year.

In Russia the death rate from tobacco is very high. Youre losing your population. For you its a demographic issue, an issue of national security. Its more than a health service. Tough state intervention in that area will be justified, he said.

Nikogosyan suggested that Moscow could become a tobacco-free city.

You could make all of Moscow tobacco-free. New York City, [which is] also a big city, has become free of smoking. You cant smoke anywhere in New York, not in hotels, nor in restaurants. Theres hardly anywhere you can smoke there, he said.

Nikogosyan said the WHO was worried by the increase of cigarette production in Russia.

You should get rid of those tobacco factories, not only in Moscow but in Russia in general. Russia risks becoming a paradise for tobacco production. In the last 25 to 30 years the production of cigarettes in Russia has doubled, Nikogosyan said.





 


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Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


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Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during todays Djembe and Vuvuzela, a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of todays round table discussion on Interaction with Trade Unions being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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