Russia increases fines for selling naswar and snus tobacco products

The Russian parliament has approved an amendment to the Administrative Offense Code to increase the fines for selling naswar (chewing tobacco) and snus. Under the new rules, individuals found selling either product will be fined 15,000 to 20,000 rubles (approx. $200 to $280) with higher fines stipulated for officials ($420 to $700) and companies ($1,400 to $2100). Those fines will be doubled in cases where those tobacco products are sold to children. The previous maximum fine was 5,000 rubles ($70).