Russia is taking steps to kick its smoking habit – with new tobacco legislation that came into force on Saturday, June 1
It is now illegal for Russians to light up at the workplace, on public transport and at stations.
In June 2014, all bars, cafes and restaurants will also become no smoking zones.
One Muscovite smoker complained: “I think we need to create places for people to smoke in, so as not to prejudice the rights of smokers.”
An estimated 40 percent of Russian the population smoke according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Oleg Starozhenko of the WHO Tobacco Control Programme said: “Russia is suffering from a smoking epidemic, which carries grave consequences both economically and demographically.”
The cost of a packet of cigarettes, which can be as low as one euro, is also expected to rise – as more laws are introduced to combat smoking in Russia.
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