Health minister Veronika Skvortsovam said that Russia has been striving to reduce local smoking rates, and justified this proposed tax by inaccurately stating that e-cigarettes are drawing people to take up smoking. “The manufacturers of these products are actually pulling (people) into a new malicious campaign, we need to resist,” she said. In 2018, Russia’s Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, had announced that Russia was preparing to categorize vaping products differently than tobacco products, and therefore regulate them separately.
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
WHO: Tobacco use drops among men
Worldwide, the number of men using traditional tobacco products has finally started to decline, health officials said recently.
Four out of five tobacco users globally are men, so declines among males “mark a turning point in the fight against tobacco,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said in a statement.
The agency’s new report covers an array of tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco. But the WHO did not count electronic cigarettes as tobacco products, [...]