"An unscheduled increase in excise taxes will ensure the fulfillment of social obligations of the state in the face of an increase in budget expenditures due to the current economic situation associated with the spread of the pandemic," the press service of the department quotes RBC. 

It is clarified that, in accordance with the amendments, in 2021 the excise rate on cigarettes will be 2359 rubles per 1,000 pieces, and on vapes and electronic cigarettes the rate will increase to 60 rubles per piece.

According to the publication, the commission of the Russian government on legislative activity has already approved this document, then the draft amendments will be considered at a meeting of the Cabinet.

Earlier, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov announced a decrease in the share of illegal products on the tobacco market.

In July, the State Duma passed a law on the extension of anti-tobacco legislation to vapes and electronic cigarettes and on administrative responsibility for violating it.