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Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed into law a bill tightening regulation of alternative tobacco products, intended particularly to curb under-age demand – even though sales to under-18s were already prohibited.

The formality of presidential approval follows the passing by both chambers of the Federal Assembly, the State Duma and the Federal Council, of a bill restricting retail sale of both e-cigarettes and heated tobacco devices from 1st June in line with the rules that already apply to consumables.

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This article was written by one of TobaccoIntelligence’s international correspondents. We currently employ more than 40 reporters around the world to cover individual nicotine markets.

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