Call for Large-Scale Inspection of E-Cigarette Sales in Russia

Call for Large-Scale Inspection of E-Cigarette Sales in Russia
The Russian State Duma's Youth Policy Committee urges a large-scale inspection on e-cigarette sales before September 1st.

On August 15, according to a report by the Russian parliamentary newspaper, the Chairman of the Youth Policy Committee of the State Duma, Artem Metelev, made an appeal to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov. He called for a large-scale inspection of e-cigarette sales before September 1, with violators facing fines.

During a recent television interview, Mechelev expressed his concern regarding the issue of e-cigarettes in Russia.

He expressed that the newly implemented regulations apply not only to e-cigarettes but also encompass any nicotine-containing devices, including hookahs. They not only prohibit the sale of these products to minors but also forbid public display or promotion of related products, treating e-cigarettes on par with traditional cigarettes. However, investigations reveal that this regulation is not being fully complied with in some areas.

Our committee's surprise inspections conducted in 42 regions have revealed a disregard for the law, with hundreds of instances of illegal activities exposed.

Meiyelev has stated that he has lodged appeals to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and Prosecutor General Igor Krasnov. A large-scale inspection is planned to be carried out before September 1, with offenders facing fines. Additionally, campaigns regarding the dangers of e-cigarettes will be conducted in schools and colleges at the beginning of the new academic year.

If companies fail to comply with regulations and regulatory agencies do not take action by September 1st, further legislative proposals will be made, and even the implementation of an e-cigarette sales permit system may be considered.

In addition, the discussion also touched upon the possibility of conducting surprise inspections on e-cigarette shops, with the aim of ensuring that businesses comply with current regulations.

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