From the beginning of the summer, the latest package of smoking bans will come into force in Russia under the law “On protecting the health of citizens from the effects of second hand tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco consumption.” From June 1, Russians will be banned from smoking in cafes and restaurants, as well as on long-distance trains.
A complete list of places where smoking is prohibited is given in the draft law “On protecting the health of citizens from exposure to second hand tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco consumption”, adopted on February 23, 2013.
Thus, from June 1, visitors to cafes and restaurants, nightclubs and train passengers and other citizens can forget about smoking in the listed places. In addition to cafes and trains, since the beginning of summer, smokers will not be able to enjoy their bad habit on long-distance ships, on railway passenger platforms, as well as in shopping centers, hotels and non-stationary shopping facilities.
In case of violation of the law, offenders may be subject to an administrative fine of 500 to 1,500 rubles, and for smoking in playgrounds, Russians will be fined in the amount of 2,000 to 3,000 rubles.
A year ago, in June 2013, airplanes, all types of public transport, as well as places located at a distance of less than 15 meters in relation to the entrances to the subway, railway stations, airports and bus stations were banned for smokers.