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Morgan Jones

"(Russia's) 60 million smokers puffed their way through an estimated 340 billion cigarettes last year, compared with 141 billion in 1996."

I think the increasing rates of smoking among Russians is proof of the need for FDA regulation of tobacco in the United States. Russians were always fiends for cigarettes under Communism, but tobacco was not heavily marketed and their state-manufactured cigarettes were not engineered to heighten addictive effects, as is widely practiced by Philip Morris and others. The phenomenal rise in Russian smoking rates indicates that Western cigarettes are a more potent chemical cocktail that enhances tobacco's naturally addictive properties. It demonstrates that U.S. anti-smoking crusaders who reject regualtion as an unacceptable concession to the tobacco industry are foolhardy. Our anti-smoking movement is overly focused on prevention among adolescents and does not care about already-addicted adults, except to harrass and stigmatize us. They chase the phantom of a tobacco-free society. Meanwhile, the cigarette companies are allowed to hasten our death. Regulation is needed to mandate a less addictive cigarette.

Morgan Jones

"(Russia's) 60 million smokers puffed their way through an estimated 340 billion cigarettes last year, compared with 141 billion in 1996."

I think the increasing rates of smoking among Russians is proof of the need for FDA regulation of tobacco in the United States. Russians were always fiends for cigarettes under Communism, but tobacco was not heavily marketed and their state-manufactured cigarettes were not engineered to heighten addictive effects, as is widely practiced by Philip Morris and others. The phenomenal rise in Russian smoking rates indicates that Western cigarettes are a more potent chemical cocktail that enhances tobacco's naturally addictive properties. It demonstrates that U.S. anti-smoking crusaders who reject regualtion as an unacceptable concession to the tobacco industry are foolhardy. Our anti-smoking movement is overly focused on prevention among adolescents and does not care about already-addicted adults, except to harrass and stigmatize us. They chase the phantom of a tobacco-free society. Meanwhile, the cigarette companies are allowed to hasten our death. Regulation is needed to mandate a less addictive cigarette.

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In about 5 years russian population will start getting very sick of pulmonary deseases because of the lack of education, control and laws to prevent this self-desructive habit

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Cigarette prices are also low despite increases in excise duty, with premium brands selling for about 50p a pack. Basic brands, which account for more than half the market, retail for as little as 20p.

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For the big cigarette companies, Russia is a reminder of the good times before public opinion and politicians in the West turned against them.

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The health ministry and the government of Russia are now taking aggressive steps to inform their citizens about the dangers of smoking. They've instructed tobacco companies to attach anti-smoking messages in every cigarette pack. They also developed a bill that mandated the sale of cigarettes in special licensed kiosks.

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