Leonid Slutsky, the Chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), has proposed a new legislation aimed at imposing heavier fines on individuals, public officials, and legal entities found guilty of reselling cigarettes and e-cigarettes to minors. Slutsky has submitted the relevant bill for review by the Russian government.
The proposed amendments target the Russian Administrative Offenses Code (KoAP). Under the suggested changes, fines for such offenses would range from 60,000 to 200,000 rubles for individuals, 300,000 to 400,000 rubles for public officials, and 600,000 to 800,000 rubles for legal entities. Additionally, there is a possibility of suspending their activities for up to 90 days.
Slutsky emphasized that existing laws already stipulate penalties for selling tobacco and e-cigarettes to minors, but some traders continue to take risks in pursuit of higher profits. In light of this, the LDPR believes that current sanctions are insufficient to address the issue, prompting the proposal to strengthen penalties for repeated violations.
Earlier reports indicated that the Russian State Duma had passed a law in its third reading, initiating a hike in consumption taxes on tobacco and alcohol starting next year. This change is part of the government’s efforts to address public health concerns.
Prior to this, Russia had imposed fines of up to 25,000 rubles for transporting products within its borders that exceeded specified nicotine content standards. President Vladimir Putin signed the relevant legislation into law.