Russia Gets Tough New Smoking Law
No more lighting up in bars, offices, playgrounds
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2013 2:30 AM CST
Women smoke cigarettes at a shopping center in Moscow.   (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

(Newser) – Life is about to get tougher for smokers in a country with one of the world's highest rates of tobacco use. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed tough new anti-smoking measures into law, banning smoking in workplaces, restaurants, long-distance trains, and other public places like beaches and playgrounds, the BBC reports. The anti-smoking bill—which sailed through parliament despite stiff opposition from the country's powerful tobacco industry—sets a minimum retail price for cigarettes and introduces new restrictions on advertising. The move comes as part of a push to improve public health that has already seen beer reclassified as an alcoholic drink instead of a food.

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Feb 25, 2013 7:15 PM CST
Nothing "tough" about smoking bans, Newser. You ban smoking, you prevent illnesses and save lives. Should have been done in America a long time ago.
Feb 25, 2013 12:12 PM CST
Loss of personal freedom in Russia is not a surprise.
Feb 25, 2013 9:22 AM CST
It's 2013.. and they just outlawed indoor smoking. Way to be a progressive leader Russia. What next, put laws in effect to limit the amount of open vodka containers you can have while driving? The mother country isn't very motherly.