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Russian Smoking Ban Comes Into Effect

A man smokes in a restaurant in St. Petersburg. (file photo)
Russia’s new law banning smoking in some public places and tobacco advertising has come into force.

The law aims to improve public health by cutting the number of smokers in half.

The law makes it illegal to smoke at schools and universities, museums, sports facilities, hospitals, and on public transport.

Next year, the ban will be expanded to include hotels, cafes, and restaurants, ships, long-distance trains, and train platforms.

According to the World Health Organization’s latest figures, nearly 40 percent of Russians smoke.

That compares with 27 percent in the United States and 30 percent in France.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP