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Old 08-11-2009, 05:44 PM   #1
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Alcohol 'Threatening Future' of Russia

Russia is grappling with a major public health crisis in which residents are essentially drinking and smoking themselves to death, according to the country’s public health officials.

About a million Russians die each year from alcohol- and smoking-related causes -- between 600,000 and 700,000 of those deaths are attributed to drinking alone, Andrei Demin, of Russia’s Public Health Association, told Fox News.

“It’s threatening the future of the country,” he said.

The problem? Unlike other countries, Russia has refused to levy hefty taxes on cigarettes and alcohol to discourage drinking and smoking.

The resulting statistics are staggering:

— The average Russian drinks 50 bottles of vodka a year.

— A bottle of beer can be purchased on the street for less than the cost of a bottle of water.

— Twelve million of Russia’s 41 million residents have died over the past 15 years due to alcohol-and smoking-related causes.

— A pack of cigarettes can be purchased for about 30 cents.

— The average Russian male lives to be 60 years old, dying 15 years earlier than his American counterpart. Russian women die 13 years earlier than American women.

Although the country has launched a series of television commercials encouraging Russians to choose healthier lifestyles, many critics say this is of little benefit.

So far, Russian President Vladimir Putin has refused recommendations to raise taxes on cigarettes and alcohol, with some health critics saying the Kremlin would the Russian public stay “pacified and anesthetized."
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Old 08-11-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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They probably need the alcohol in their blood to prevent frostbite.

But seriously, i had a friend whose parents adopted a trio of Russian kids a few years ago. Their parents had lost them/given them up due to some SERIOUS alcohol problems. The kids seemed really happy with the new parents.

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— A bottle of beer can be purchased on the street for less than the cost of a bottle of water.


Whats the problem and Why can't we do this

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Seriouisly, there's only 41 million Russians?

You might want to check that. Maybe 141+ million

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Go to a German fest, beer is cheaper than small coke or water.

Only in Germany! Here you get pain in the wallet!

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Maybe we could send our pres and congress over there to do a little tax raising!

Let's make it a one way ticket!

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If I had to live in Russia, I'd be a drunk too.

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Seriouisly, there's only 41 million Russians?

You might want to check that. Maybe 141+ million
I just copied the story from Fox News.......... But I wouldn't put it past them to get their facts wrong........
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I think the levying of heavy taxes/mandatory high prices to discourage smoking/drinking is NOT(EDIT> sorry, forgot to add "NOT" before "right")right.
It's an artificial reason to not smoke/drink and I think the harmful effects of smoking and drinking should be enough to deter use.
If people don't stop because of the foreseen side-effects then that is their problem.

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I think the levying of heavy taxes/mandatory high prices to discourage smoking/drinking is right.
It's an artificial reason to not smoke/drink and I think the harmful effects of smoking and drinking should be enough to deter use.
If people don't stop because of the foreseen side-effects then that is their problem.
I think that the Government has NO right to be involved in any citizens decision making process on what he or she takes into her body, on any level let alone by levying specialized unfair taxes or by means of Government mandated price gouging. And if you really need another reason, I cite population control.....
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