WHO: Russia advanced in controlling smoking

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According to the report of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, Russia is among the countries that have achieved tangible results in controlling smoking and securing road safety, RIA Novosti reports.

"Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine have made the most significant progress in decreasing tobacco consumption,"/ip> the report says.

The number of deaths in road accidents and suicides has been significantly reduced in Estonia, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. <>"In Russia, the mortality rate in road accidents has decreased by 20% for the past ten years due to such measures as road infrastructure upgrade, enforcement of the road traffic rules and increased traffic control," the report said.

WHO concluded that the general state of public health in Europe has improved greatly in recent years and the number of early deaths has reduced.

In February 2013, Vladimir Putin signed the law "On the Protection of Public Health from Exposure to Environmental Tobacco Smoke and the Consequences of Tobacco Use". According to the law, smoking is banned in offices and public institutions, cafes and restaurants, long-distance trains, hotels, hospitals, shopping malls, beaches and playgrounds starting from June 1. In addition, the document bans advertising of tobacco products, selling cigarettes at kiosks and displaying them in store windows. Under the new amendments, smoking is prohibited within less than 15 meters from the entrance to the railway stations building, bus stations, airports, subway stations, sea and river ports, as well as inside these buildings.

Text by Lenta.ru

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