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Russian government moves to ban tobacco advertizing
The Russian government has decided to completely ban tobacco advertizing, by signing up to a World Health Organization anti-smoking convention.
In its first session of the year, the government approved a draft law on joining the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which stipulates a ban on advertizing tobacco products.
The FCTC requires parties "in accordance with their respective constitution and constitutional principles, to undertake a comprehensive ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship within five years of the WHO FCTC's entry into force for that Party."
The WHO estimates that 4.9 million people die annually as a result of tobacco-related diseases.
Under the FCTC, countries are also encouraged to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products, ban tobacco sales to and by minors, and promote agricultural diversification and alternative livelihoods for tobacco producers.