The fight against teenage smoking will be strengthened

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On June 6, on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between the All-Russian Organization of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises "Opora Russia" and the interregional public organization "Public Council on the problem of adolescent Smoking". This was reported by the press service of Opora Russia.

As the parties stressed, their plans include joint measures to monitor the implementation of regulatory standards in terms of preventing minors from accessing tobacco and nicotine-containing products.

"Our joint work with the Council is aimed at combating illegal business that conducts illegal work on the turnover of nicotine-containing products and creates unfair competition for legal companies. The key task is to approach the implementation of control and supervisory measures fairly and protect those who comply with all regulatory norms and work in good faith and legally," said Alexander Kalinin, President of Opora Russia.

"Despite the sufficiency of current regulatory measures, the problem of adolescent vaping and tobacco consumption remains relevant due to gaps in law enforcement and limited tools of control measures. We believe that our independent unification of forces will be one of the constructive ways to solve this problem," said Anna Sorochinskaya, Executive Director of the Public Council on the Problem of Adolescent Smoking.

"The independent unification of the efforts of business and the non—profit sector to overcome existing social challenges and improve the effectiveness of law enforcement is a very important initiative that will certainly be supported by authorities at both the regional and federal levels. Such work helps to effectively set up the regulatory system in the country based on the interests of legal business," said Artyom Kiryanov, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Economic Policy of the Russian Federation.