the Cost of the tobacco excise tax should be raised. This opinion was expressed by chief freelance specialist of the Ministry of health therapy and General practice Drapkina, reports TASS.

Drapkina argues that the current price of the excise tax makes tobacco products widely available. The main obstacle to raising tax are obligations of Russia in the Eurasian economic Union (EEU). On the territory of the Union there is a requirement to harmonize the taxation of all its members.

the Expert said that Russia, as the leader of the EAEC, should follow the who recommendations and to increase the excise tax on all types of nikotinsoderzhaschie products, including devices its consumption, up to 70 percent of the cost of a pack of the most sold brand. And then every year to push a tax policy in the EAEU, increasing the tax.

Drapkina added that the Russian young people are threatened by electronic delivery system of nicotine, such as wapi and electronic cigarette. The expert called on to regulate these products up to the ban. Such a bill already passed by the state Duma in the first reading. The health Ministry is also concerned about the introduction of neutral packaging of tobacco products and protection of state policy and health care from the interests of the industry.

Thanks to the anti-Smoking law passed in 2013 that by 2018, tobacco users in the age group 15-19 years was 9.4 percent less. Among persons from 20 to 24 years consumers have become 3 percent less added Drapkina, citing the data of Rosstat.

Earlier it was reported that the government approved the revised anti-Smoking concept until 2035. The Ministry of health to draw up a plan of action for its implementation. The expected result is the reduction by 2035 the prevalence of tobacco use in the adult population to 21 per cent, children — to 1 percent.