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Pickets against Western tobacco companies held in Russian regions

August 04, 2014, 19:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Multinational companies were controlling over 90% of the Russian tobacco market, according to protesters
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Philip Morris Kuban factory in the southern city of Krasnodar

Philip Morris Kuban factory in the southern city of Krasnodar

© ITAR-TASS / Valery Matytsin

MOSCOW, August 04. /ITAR-TASS/. A series of pickets against Western tobacco companies were held on Monday in various Russian cities from south to the north-west of the country.

The picketers said multinational companies were controlling over 90% of the Russian tobacco market and the Russian budget was losing about 500 billion roubles annually from low excise duties on tobacco.

Roman Plyuta, head of the Orthodox Union public organisation that set up a picket in front of the Philip Morris Kuban factory in the southern city of Krasnodar, told ITAR-TASS that transnational corporations “make cigarettes of such quality that they would never be allowed in the United States or other Western countries”.

The smoking of these cigarettes “doubles and even triples [health] risks”, but their manufacturers reap incomes of “hundreds and thousands of percentage points”.

Plyuta believes that Western manufacturers add special ingredients to the cigarettes to develop strong addiction to them even after a short period of smoking.

Picketers in another Russian city, Saratov, on the Volga were demanding that the BAT-STF tobacco factory owned by British American Tobacco be relocated beyond the city boundaries.

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