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A Pledge the Russians Can Keep

Long after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia remains a land where grand plans are often announced but the follow up is lacking.

When Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently announced a goal of reducing the number of smokers in the Russian Federation by 10 to 15 percent before 2050, he chose a target the Russians are almost certain to hit.

Why?  Russia’s population is expected to decrease between 15 and 20 percent between now and 2050.   And since smokers die on average a bit faster than the rest of us, the natural population decline will keep the number of Russian smokers well within the goals.

This is one promise the Russian government is likely to keep.

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