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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

What has Russia been Smoking?

The Moscow News reports that Russia "is a leading illicit exporter of cigarettes, mainly from the Russian production of such multinational companies as Philip Morris and British American Tobacco." Here are some important, shocking numbers on smoking in Russia:

300,000
Number of people killed by cigarettes each year in Russia
.
1
Number of times Vladimir Putin mentioned smoking in his State of the Union Address
.
15
Number of cents its costs to buy a pack of 20 cigarettes in Russia
.
40
Percent of Russian high-school students who smoke
.
61
Percent of Russian male adults who smoke
.
36
Percent of all Russian adults who smoke
.
21
Same percentage figure for the United States

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