Russia's Smoking Ban Takes Effect
It's now illegal in workplaces, many public places
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2013 11:55 AM CDT
People smoke outside a shopping mall in downtown Moscow Saturday.   (Mikhail Metzel)

(Newser) – A law that bans smoking in public places took effect in Russia today, a contentious move in a country with one of the highest smoking rates in the world. The ban prohibits smoking in workplaces, schools, universities, and on public transportation. More restrictions will be applied next year. Authors of the ban—which got signed into law by Vladimir Putin—have pointed to the hundreds of thousands of Russians who die of smoking-related illnesses every year. Cigarettes are much cheaper in Russia than in the US and Europe, with the price of a pack starting at about $1. That helps explain why about 40% of Russians smoke.

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Jun 4, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
Good news,but i can see it being a very dangerous place,untill this settles in,as Russians are heavy smokers.
Jun 2, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
Good work, Russia. Apparently they don't promote smoking because of the huge tax that the governments in the U. S. do. One thing I'd never do is hire smokers in my business who seem to be standing around outside every time they need to smoke.
Jun 1, 2013 9:55 PM CDT
In 1971 the US Army sold me tax free cigarettes at $1.20 a carton in a Baumholder West Germany PX. A gallon of Jim Beam was about $4 at the Class 6 store. Since this stuff was rationed they limited you to 4 cartons a month and 5 gallons of Jim Beam. The more bad habits they enabled you to have the easier it was to control you. There are millions of ex-Government Issued people the died from diseases directly related to cigarette smoking. There are millions more that have alcohol or drug habits.