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Russia Cigarette Ban: Nyet to Smoking If Born After 2014?

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Russian women smokers. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

By    |   Friday, 13 Jan 2017 12:55 PM

A Russia cigarette ban in the works would stop anyone born after 2014 from smoking, but it wouldn't be fully in effect until 2033.

While the legal smoking age in the United States is 18, Russia wants to do things differently by eventually preventing those 18 and older from smoking cigarettes at all, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

“By 2033, the ban on the sale of tobacco products to people born after 2014 will not seem an extreme measure, but an entirely logical development of events,” said Marina Gambaryan, an expert at the the Russian Health Ministry, according to Time.

The proposal comes amid efforts to reduce cigarette use, including eliminating smoking completely in Russia-based restaurants.

Some experts argue a ban on cigarettes could backfire, with people simply selling them illegally.

According to the health ministry, between 300,000 and 400,000 Russians die from smoking diseases every year.

Cigarette smoking has been a deadly phenomenon for years, with tobacco contributing to about six million deaths each year, according to The New York Times.

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning “smoking in most public places,” the Times noted. The ban also included an increase in taxes on tobacco products and it prevented street kiosks from selling cigarettes.

Putin’s efforts have led to a decline in the use of cigarettes among children between the ages of 13 and 15. That number has dropped from 25.4 percent in 2004 to just 9.3 percent in 2015.

Russia isn’t the first country to try to change the climate of cigarette use among its citizens, according to The Times.

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