A copy of the letter to the Minister of the Interior Vladimir Kolokoltsev and the Minister of Education Olga Vasilyeva is available to RT.
As the text of the appeal says, despite the fact that in Russia there is an administrative punishment for the sale of snus and nasvay (non-smoking types of tobacco intended for sucking), cases of poisoning with these substances have become more frequent in recent months.
Chernyshov noted that fatal cases of poisoning of adolescents with these types of tobacco are known.
“In Russia, snus became illegal four years ago, the fine for its sale is about 60 thousand rubles ... Not a single can of snus says what a huge amount of harmful substances are contained inside ... The same goes for another harmful substance - squeezing, chewing tobacco, which is absorbed through the mucous membrane and causes a strong dependence, ”Chernyshov explained in the letter.
According to the deputy, it is necessary to establish a ban on advertising such mixtures, as well as introduce criminal liability for individuals and legal entities for the sale of snus and nasvay.
In addition, he proposes to introduce special preventive lessons in schools that talk about the dangers of tobacco-free nicotine mixtures.
“This is the only way we can avoid the threat of the total spread of poison, from which children primarily suffer because of their ignorance,” the parliamentarian said.
According to the Administrative Code, currently in Russia for the sale of snus and nasvay a fine is prescribed for citizens up to 4 thousand rubles, for officials - up to 12 thousand rubles, for legal entities - up to 60 thousand rubles.
Earlier, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree approving the country's anti-smoking concept, which provides for a decrease in the number of smokers among adults by 21% by 2035.