Russia Passes New Law to Fine Individuals Carrying Illegal E-cigarettes

In a final reading, the Russian State Duma has passed a bill that imposes a fine of up to 25,000 rubles on individuals found carrying e-cigarettes that exceed the standard limit in the Russian Federation.

The bill was proposed by representatives of the United Russia and Liberal Democratic parties in January and outlines Article 14531 of the Russian Federation’s Code of Administrative Offenses. This article holds citizens responsible for transporting tobacco products that exceed established standards within the Russian Federation. This includes tobacco products that are not specifically identified under Russian Federation law, including those under the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). For such violations, citizens will face a fine of 15,000 to 25,000 rubles and confiscation of the products.

The new standard also holds citizens responsible for carrying nicotine-containing products within the Russian Federation, including all e-cigarettes, both those without nicotine and those containing nicotine. This includes heated tobacco products.

The Russian law “On the Protection of Citizens’ Health from the Impact of Environmental Tobacco Smoke, Tobacco Consumption, and the Consequences of Nicotine Consumption” restricts the transportation of unmarked tobacco and nicotine-containing products within the Russian Federation. The current regulations prohibit citizens from carrying more than 200 cigarettes or heated tobacco products nationwide, as well as more than five units of nicotine-containing products with a total volume not exceeding 20 milliliters.