A draft law has been submitted to the State Duma, which proposes to establish criminal liability for involving minors in the consumption of tobacco and nicotine-containing products.
The draft law (449284-8) is posted in the legislative activity database of the Chamber of the Parliament of the Russian Federation, it was introduced by a group of deputies, including the chairman of the Committee on state Construction and Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov.
Currently, administrative responsibility is provided for involving teenagers in smoking cigarettes or nicotine-containing products - vapes, hookahs, electronic cigarettes, however, according to Krasheninnikov, a fine issued may not always provide adequate protection for young people, and as a result, the offense is committed repeatedly.
"We propose to introduce criminal liability for systematic violations," the head of the committee said, commenting on the initiative to journalists.
It is proposed to supplement Chapter 20 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ("Crimes against the family and minors") by a new article 151.3, which provides for criminal liability for involving a minor in the process of tobacco consumption or consumption of nicotine-containing products, if a citizen twice within one year received an administrative penalty for a similar act.
For this, a fine of up to 100 thousand rubles or in the amount of the convicted person's salary or other income for a period of up to one year, or compulsory work for up to 240 hours, or correctional labor for up to one year, or restriction of liberty for the same period is provided.
"In addition, we propose to provide for increased responsibility in the case when children are involved in smoking by parents, teaching staff or anyone else who is legally responsible for the upbringing of a minor. Such cases should be strictly punished by law," Krasheninnikov said.
According to him, such a thing will be punished with a fine of up to 200 thousand rubles or in the amount of a convicted person's salary or other income for a period of up to two years, or compulsory labor for up to 360 hours, or correctional labor for up to two years, or restriction of liberty for the same period, or arrest for up to six months.