Russia considering ban on cigarettes

It could become completely illegal to smoke cigarettes in Russia.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports that the The Russian Health Ministry proposed banning cigarette smoking for anyone born after 2014, even after they turn 18. That's the legal age to smoke in Russia.

Some fear the ban could spur a black market, but a Russian Health Ministry spokesperson said almost 400,000 citizens die from smoking related illnesses each year and this proposal is not extreme.

Russia banned smoking in restaurants in 2013.

The full ban on cigarettes would go into effect in 2033.

By Elizabeth Keatinge

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 16: Jody Reavis, an employee of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a unit of Reynolds American Inc., smokes a cigarette during a demonstration against a proposal to raise cigarette taxes in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. North Carolina, which grows the most tobacco in the U.S. and is home to Reynolds and Lorillard Inc., is one of at least 25 states where legislators are considering an increase in cigarette taxes to cover budget shortfalls. Reynolds is the second-largest U.S. tobacco company with brands such as Camel, Pall Mall, Kool, Winston, and Doral. (Photo by Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 16: Victoria Gordon, an employee of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., a unit of Reynolds American Inc., smokes a Salem cigarette during a demonstration against a proposal to raise cigarette taxes in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, June 16, 2009. North Carolina, which grows the most tobacco in the U.S. and is home to Reynolds and Lorillard Inc., is one of at least 25 states where legislators are considering an increase in cigarette taxes to cover budget shortfalls. Reynolds is the second-largest U.S. tobacco company with brands such as Camel, Pall Mall, Kool, Winston, and Doral. (Photo by Jim R. Bounds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
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