Russia plans excise taxes on e-cigarettes - media

FILE PHOTO: E-cigarettes are placed on a shelf for sale in a store in Prague, Czech Republic, January 31, 2019. REUTERS/David W Cerny

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s healthcare ministry has drafted a bill to introduce excise taxes on electronic cigarettes, Russian news agencies reported on Friday, citing minister Veronika Skvortsova.

Russia in the past decade has tightened tobacco sales regulations as part of a wider campaign to reduce smoking.

“The manufacturers of these products are actually pulling (people) into a new malicious campaign, we need to resist,” Interfax quoted Skvortsova as saying.

Sales of e-cigarettes in Russia are expected to rise 17% to $395 million this year, according to market research provider Euromonitor International.

Reporting by Maria Kiselyova; writing by Anastasia Teterevleva; editing by Mark Potter and Jason Neely