Some 16% of juveniles in Russia begin smoking before age 10, with almost one-third (27%) of pupils in senior classes being smokers. Those facts were put forward by Sergei Lovitsky, a specialist with the Health Committee of the Saint Petersburg Administration at a roundtable on 'Society's View of the Problem of Teen Smoking,' Rosbalt reported. The roundtable was held at the press centre of 'Regional Elections-2003.' He said that teens who have begun to smoke by age 15 reduce their life expectancies by 8-9 years and risk not surviving through age 65. Lovitsky noted that approximately a million people in Russia die each year of illnesses related to smoking. 'This is more than die from drugs or AIDS,' the specialist insisted. 'Smoking is a systemic narcotic, and it has to be fought just as drug addiction is.'
The Russian Armed Forces returned to strategic positions of the first "Surovikin line” east of Robotyne in the Zaporizhzhia direction of hostilities