State Duma approves ban on flavored vapes, including those without nicotine

Deputies of the State Duma adopted in the first reading Invoice on the tightening of the rules for the circulation of vapes.

The new rules involve a complete ban on the sale of vaping liquids, including nicotine-free liquids containing flavorings, colorings or additives that increase nicotine addiction.

In addition, the amendments extend existing restrictions on the sale and advertising of tobacco products to vapes. In particular, minimum prices will be set for vapes, their sale will only be permitted in retail stores in an enclosed display, and any discounts and promotions for such devices will be prohibited.

In the database of bills of the State Duma saidthat the amendments to the second reading of the bill be adopted within 30 minutes of the adoption of the resolution.

After reviewing the document in the first reading, State Duma Deputy from the Communist Party Alexei Kurinny Free to prescribe in this bill a ban on flavored additives to regular tobacco. It is unclear whether Kurinny prepared the corresponding amendment within the allotted 30 minutes.

Update. Deputies of the State Duma passed the law on tightening the rules for the circulation of vapes by a majority of votes in the second and immediately in the third reading. At second reading, MPs adopted three amendments, which are of a “clarifying nature”, MP Maxim Topilin said.

State Duma of the Russian Federation in 2020 assimilated vapes and hookahs for tobacco products. It was forbidden to sell them to minors and to use them in public places. It was then only “products containing nicotine”. In April 2023, State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin declaredthat the State Duma is considering a complete ban on vapes for minors, and not just those containing nicotine.

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