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Russia Introduces Anti-Smoking Law Starting June 2014

The second part of Russia’s anti-smoking law has become effective in Russia. Starting June 1, smoking is prohibited at public restaurants, hotels, railway platforms, airports including trains and vessels.

Ashtrays and hookahs are intended to fade away from all restaurants, cafes and bars. Unique no-smoking indicators are to emerge instead.

People who will be seen lighting up in a cafe will be obliged to pay a fine of 500 to 1,500 roubles. Additionally fines will be imposed on restaurant proprietors, with additional 30,000-40,000 roubles for individuals and 50,000-90,000 roubles for legal organizations, correspondingly.

The law is also affecting all advertising.
“Actually, we are just beginning to live in accordance with the civilized anti-smoking regulations which already demonstrate great results in numerous countries. However we already have the first outcomes. Sociological research demonstrates that for the first time in post-Soviet times Russia’s tobacco use has been on the fall,” Russian State Duma deputy Vyacheslav Timchenko stated.
Based on the State Duma deputies, efforts are being undertaken with the aim to ease the anti-tobacco bill. “Under no conditions are we intending to assist steps directed at loosening the law,” Nikolai Gerasimenko, the deputy head of the Russian State Duma Committee for Public Health, explained.

As outlined by Gerasimenko, the release of the anti-tobacco law substantially decreased cigarette sales in the Q1 of 2014 by 16 billion cigarette packages.
“Around 30,000 penalties for the infringement of anti-tobacco laws have been enforced in Moscow starting November 15, 2013. The figure for Russia is about 100,000 fines,” Gerasimenko underlined.
The first section of law on the protection of people’ health from the effect of tobacco smoke was introduced on June 1, 2013. Smoking was banned in educational institutions, cultural and sport establishments, beaches and children’s playgrounds. Tobacco use was also banned in office buildings, which did not have any special places specially prepared for smoking; on board of planes, in the metro and at all kinds of public transport. Smoking outside railway, port and airport structures was also categorized as infringement of the anti-tobacco regulation.
The second part of the anti-tobacco regulation entirely prohibits tobacco advertising.

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