Examining the Limited Impact of E-Cigarette Sales Restrictions for Minors in Russia

Ineffectiveness of E-cigarette Sales Ban on Minors in Russia
Russia’s ban on selling e-cigarettes to minors is reportedly failing, with widespread violations observed, according to a government official.

According to a report from the Russian international news agency, Interfax-Russia.ru, on November 29th, Aleksey Metlev, Chairman of the Youth Policy Committee of the Russian State Duma, publicly stated that the law prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has not been effective in practical implementation, resulting in a significant number of violations.

He emphasized that after conducting 275,000 check activities, it was found that 90% of the cases involved illegal activities, such as openly selling e-cigarettes, selling them near schools, and selling them to teenagers.

Metlev made the above statement based on the data from the Russian Consumer Rights Protection Agency and recommended a nationwide monitoring of compliance with the law by the Youth Parliament and the “United Russia” Youth Corps after one month.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, stated that it is right to involve all youth organizations from parliamentary factions in this undertaking.

In his Telegram channel on Wednesday, Chairman of the State Duma Labor Committee, Yaroslav Nilo, announced that the Russian government has extended the final deadline for providing input on the proposed legislation to completely ban e-cigarettes.

The previous day, I received an appeal from the Ministry of Health (collecting opinions from relevant departments), requesting an extension of one month for the deadline to submit the draft conclusions to the government,” stated Nilov. In this regard, he hopes for a favorable decision and plans to present the bill to the State Duma.

Nelov argued that e-cigarettes should be banned as restrictive measures are not effective.

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