Russian lawmakers passed a tough anti-smoking measure on Tuesday. The new legislation comes as President Vladimir Putin has identified smoking as a major public health issue, the Lebanon Daily Star reported. Over 40 percent of Russia's adult population are smokers.
If enacted, smoking will be banned in public buildings and children's playgroundsstarting this summer, Voice of Russia reported. It will also be difficult to find out where to get cigarettes. Ads for cigarettes will be prohibited and cigarette packs will not be on display in stores.
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The ban will become stricter one year after it goes into effect. Smoking will eventually be prohibited on trains, ships, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops under the new law, BBC News reported. A minimum retail price for tobacco will also be set.
The World Health Organization has pushed Russia to adopt many of the policies since 2011.