A Russian lawmaker has proposed completely banning e-cigarettes in response to their growing popularity despite current restrictions.
On November 15th, Yaroslav Nilov, Chairman of the Russian State Duma’s Social Policy Committee, stated e-cigarette use in Russia continues rising. Therefore, he argues more aggressive measures are needed.
As co-author of the bill, Nilov wants to ban sales of nicotine and nicotine-free e-liquids and associated devices. Sources say the proposal will soon go to the government for review before being presented to the State Duma.
While promoted as safer than tobacco, Nilov contends e-cigarettes cause irreparable harm to users’ and bystanders’ health.
The e-cigarette ban would mean some lost tax revenue. However, Nilov stated, “Safeguarding the health of the nation, particularly young people, is more important for the country’s future.”