Russia Passes New Bill Banning Vape Flavors

Regulations by Jason Liang; Mandy Wong
At 14:47 Moscow time on April 11, the Russian State Duma voted to ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The bill passed with 408 votes in favor, 0 against, and 1 abstention.
Russia Passes New Bill Banning Vape Flavors


On April 11, Moscow, the State Duma voted on the e-cigarette regulation and circulation bill at the plenary session on Tuesday, prohibiting the sale of e-cigarettes to minors. The bill was supported by more than 400 MPs and passed with more than 99% of the votes in favor.


The content of the bill includes:

  1. Banning the use of flavorings and additives to manufacture and sell nicotine-containing products to "reduce their appeal to minors";
  2.  Banning the retail sale of "devices for the consumption of nicotine-containing products" and their components at fairs and exhibitions, through distance sales and vending machines, as well as through takeaway and home delivery;
  3. Public display and display of these devices in stores are prohibited.


In addition, the law proposes to limit the use of advertisements that contain images, descriptions, or clips referring to vaping devices and to prohibit the display of such content to children under 12. 


The initiator of the bill, Chairman of the State Duma Vyacheslav Volodin, stated that the government is prepared to amend the "Code of Administrative Offenses" and the "Criminal Code of the Russian Federation" in order to punish those who violate the legal ban. Subsequently, tax laws will be modified, essentially making e-cigarettes unattainable.
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