According to a report by Russia's "Business Online" on December 26, the President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Rustam Minnikhanov, signed a law banning teenagers from entering smoking areas ( including cigarettes and hookah).
The legal revision was first submitted by the Prosecutor General of the Republic, Albert Suyargulov, and is intended to "prevent any impact on children's health, as well as on their physical, mental, intellectual, spiritual and moral development." The law received unanimous approval in the first and third rounds of voting at the Legislative Assembly of the Republic.
At the same time, the new regulations also ban children and teenagers from entering sex shops, bars, liquor stores and places where shisha is used at any time.
Svetlana Zakharova, former chairperson of the Legislative Assembly’s Social Policy Committee, emphasized that the implementation of the ban must ensure that family members’ access to necessary facilities is not affected. The Prosecutor General of the Republic of Tatarstan, Albert Suyargulov, also said that when children see adults smoking shisha (cigarettes, tobacco-containing products), they may imitate or even learn this "tobacco harmful patterns of consumption,” which can have a “negative impact” on their health and physical development, as can the second-hand smoke they inhale while in these settings.