According to RIA "Novosti", the draft law "On health protection of population from consequences of tobacco consumption", directed for review may 20, 2012, was returned to the Government for revision to the Ministry of health of the Russian Federation, which is the initiator.
The Minister Veronika Skvortsova said that the reason for the return of the draft legislative act were technical issues. This bill was not reconciled with the necessary ministries, including the Ministry of industry, agriculture and Finance. These actions will be carried out in the next week, after which the project will be again submitted for consideration.The draft law defines the list of public facilities, which will be non-Smoking, including designated areas of residential buildings, transport facilities, stations, restaurants, bars, hotels. Also provides a complete ban on the publication of tobacco products in shop Windows. In this regard, experts had suggested that the bill will meet obstacles from manufacturers of tobacco products.According to statistics of the Ministry of health, 43.9 million Russians is smokers, approximately 40% of Russia's population, 80% are passive smokers.