Russian Ministries to Promote Healthy Lifestyle, Clamp Down on Unhealthy Items

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation has approved a project to promote healthy lifestyles and encourage preventative measures against non-infectious diseases up to 2025. The project also included a proposal, among others, to raise the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21, the ministry’s press service told RNS.

A spokesperson added that the project was approved and submitted with no counterproposals.

The Ministry of Health earlier proposed legislative measures to limit junk food advertisements on television, including ads for chips, fast food, soda, chocolate and lunchmeats. These proposals were included in the aforementioned strategy as well.

The draft proposed raising the legal drinking age from 18 to 21. The Ministry of Health also plans on forcing manufacturers to indicate that vodka is a harmful substance on their bottles and banning “production of alcohol infusions with a volume of 30 millilitres or more, as well as limit the sale of such infusions in pharmacies to one bottle per customer.”