Fines for anti-tobacco law violations amount to $1.5 million in 2016
MOSCOW, October 31 (RAPSI) - Russia’s consumer rights agency Rospotrebnadzor imposed fines worth 93 million rubles ($1.5 million) for violations of anti-tobacco legislation in the first nine months of 2016, according to the watchdog’s statement.
In total 9,500 persons were fined. Since November 2013, about 40,000 violators have subjected to administrative liability including 4,200 companies, the statement reads.
The antismoking law, which bans smoking in public, in particular in government buildings, healthcare and educational facilities, at cultural sites and sports facilities and on public transport, including railway stations and airports, was adopted in 2013 to protect public health from the hazardous effects of tobacco smoke and smoking.
The law provides for a staged introduction of antismoking measures, first banning smoking at stadiums, in schools, universities, hospitals and stores, at children’s playgrounds, as well as in lifts, on airplanes and at filling stations. It also banned tobacco advertizing and commercials.
The legislation became effective on June 1, 2013. It also prohibits the display of tobacco products at the point of sale in stores and smoking scenes on screen and on stage. Social anti-tobacco ads must accompany the broadcasting of old films that include smoking scenes.