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5 February 2009 Today was a historic day for public health in America!
The United States Congress passed legislation increasing the federal tobacco tax by 62 cents per pack and President Obama is expected to sign it into law this afternoon, February 5, 2009.
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20 January 2009 Tobacco products banned from display in UK
The open display of cigarettes and
tobacco products in shops is to be banned in England and Wales to reduce
the number of children who start smoking. Last year nearly 200 000
children in England aged 11-15 were regular smokers. The ban will come
into force from October 2011 for larger shops and from 2013 for smaller
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20 November 2008 ATACa members started a legal action at the federal level and in the four Russian cities.
On the 20th of November 2008 Russian Anti-tobacco advocacy coalition (ATACa) members started a legal action at the federal level and in the four Russian cities, hopefully with more upcoming. As far as we aware this is the first legal suit raising the issue of whether tobacco can be legal at all for quite a long time, and the first one made on the above bases. The Coalition members realize that immediate illegalizing of tobacco is not possible or needed given that 40 million of Russian people have some degree of nicotine addiction. We also realize possible personal consequences of going against the industry and generally accepted approaches. However we feel that the action will be both useful in changing the attitudes of decision-makers and public towards the nature of tobacco, going at least as far and hopefully further than FCTC permits and braking the opposition of the tobacco lobby. It might also lead to development of a longer term approaches to complete illegalizing of tobacco production and sales over a period of 15-25 years, such as regulated market.      
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25 April 2008 President Putin has approved the accesion to the WHO Framework Convention
Today, April 25, 2008 President Putin has signed the Federal Law "On accesion of the Russian Federation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control".
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11 April 2008 Russia is joining the WHO Framework Convention
On April 11, 2008 the State Duma has voted for the accession to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The corresponding bill has been approved by Duma's members during today session: 447 of them voted in favor of it and only one - against.
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