Cigarette sellers such as Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BTI) step up efforts...

|About: Philip Morris Internation... (PM)|By:, SA News Editor

Cigarette sellers such as Philip Morris (PM) and British American Tobacco (BTI) step up efforts in Russia to curb smoking with just weeks to go before a strict bill could be submitted. President Vladimir Putin is a driving force behind the initiative to reduce the nation's high percentage of smokers, estimated to be a factor in the death of 23% of all men in the nation.