The Legislative Assembly of the Leningrad Region is preparing a number of draft laws that provide for punishment for those who sell alcohol and tobacco to pregnant women , as well as for women themselves who smoke and consume alcohol or drugs during pregnancy.
It is proposed to impose a fine of up to one million rubles ($15,000 USD) for selling these products to pregnant women. A pregnant woman who consumes alcohol, drugs or tobacco, will have to pay a fine of 4 to 5 thousand rubles ($80 USD). These measures may be introduced to protect the health of the child and mother.
In cases where the pregnancy is not obvious, the vendor could ask for a document “to establish the absence of pregnancy.” (We foresee cases of simple overweight issues becoming a nuisance, for example.) Such a document can be a medical certificate issued no more than a month before the date of purchase.