Russian State Duma deputies from the Liberal Democratic Party have prepared a bill proposing a complete ban on the sale of vaping devices and liquid nicotine in Russia. The text of the draft is available in the Telegram channel of one of the authors of the initiative Yaroslav Nilov.
“The bill, in order to preserve the health of citizens of our country, is aimed at establishing a complete ban on the sale of nicotine-containing liquid and devices for its delivery,” the explanatory note to the bill states.
The bill was also prepared by the Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Health Protection, Sergey Leonov, the Chairman of the Committee on Physical Culture and Sports, Dmitry Svishchev, and the Head of the Committee on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government Alexey Didenko.
According to parliamentarians, sales of vapes in Russia are growing rapidly. According to their estimates, in 2020, sales of electronic nicotine delivery systems, taking into account tobacco heating systems, amounted to almost 47 billion rubles, and the volume of the illegal market in Runet, to 6.5 million rubles.
Politicians reminded that there is no complete ban on the sale of vapes in the country, but they can only be sold in specialized stores, so vapes “become a kind of ‘loophole’ into the world of nicotine addiction,” especially for young people, who are “attracted not only by bright packaging and the pleasant smell of refuelling bubbles but also by the fashionable design of electronic gadgets.”
Source: RIA Novosti