Russian Federation Smoking by the Numbers
Russia has one of the largest smoking populations in the world with nearly one-third of its adult population smoking cigarettes. After Russia ratified the FCTC in 2008, smoking rates decreased from 39.1% in 2009 to 31.0% in 2016.
The most common type of tobacco is boxed cigarettes at 98%, followed by hand-rolled cigarettes, and then pipes.
The number of tobacco related deaths has increased from 216 to 233 per 100,000 from 1990 to 2017. With men increasing 372 to 413 and women decreasing 86 to 80.
Breast: 2.38%, Lung: 1.02%
Smoking in public places and transportation banned.
Legislation in 2008 required all tobacco products to display a written warning on at least 10% of the packaging. Russia expanded the regulation in 2012 to include pictorial warnings, which in 2017 was then required to cover 50% of two display areas.
E-cigarettes are not regulated.
Perception of relative harm of vaping devices. From the Foundation’s 2017 and 2019 Global Polls, participants were asked, “Do you think smoking e-cigarettes and vaping devices are more or less harmful than smoking regular cigarettes?”
*Data from the 2017 Global Poll
58.3% of smokers in Russia think using vaping devices such as e-cigarettes are equally or more harmful as smoking regular cigarettes (2017 global poll)
51.4% of Russian smokers believe an increase in tobacco price would not have an effect on their current smoking habit (2017 global poll)
75.1% of smokers in Russia believe that smoking vaping devices such as e-cigarettes can be harmful (2107 global poll)
84.7% of Russian smokers consider themselves to be addicted to cigarettes (2017 global poll)
Would an increase in tobacco price have an effect on your current smoking habit?