On 4 October 2012, a draft law regulating the sale of tobacco and alcoholic beverages was introduced to the State Duma. The draft law’s explanatory note states that alcohol and tobacco products are to be sold through specialised retail stores only. The working hours of such retail stores are to be subject to restrictions imposed on the sale of alcoholic beverages.

On 11 October 2012, another draft law contemplating a separate administrative liability for selling tobacco products to minors was introduced to the State Duma.

In addition, a Draft Federal Law “On Protecting Health from Passive Smoking and Effects of Tobacco Consumption” will be considered by the Russian Government before the end of October 2012. Despite its high importance, the Draft Law is extremely unlikely to see the light of day before the end of this year.

[Draft Law No. 145393-6 “On Amending Article 8 of the Federal Law “On Fundamentals of the State Regulation of Trading Activities in the Russian Federation” in Part Concerning the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Products Solely Through Specialised Trading Enterprises” available in Russian only;

Draft Law No. 150327-6 “On Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Concerning the Prohibition to Sell Tobacco Products to Minors” - available in Russian only;

Draft Law No. 163560-6 “On Protecting Health from Passive Smoking and Effects of Tobacco Consumption”- available in Russian only]