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Speaker of Moscow legislature says Russia’s anti-tobacco law is too harsh

July 21, 2014, 14:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"I don’t see how a smoker can tolerate refraining from smoking in a long-distance train bound, say, for Vladivostok," Vladimir Platonov noted
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MOSCOW, July 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Speaker of the Moscow city legislature says Russia’s federal anti-tobacco law is too harsh.

“The law’s goal is not to catch and punish smokers but to demonstrate that smoking is a bad habit,” Vladimir Platonov of the Moscow City Duma told a news conference on Monday. He noted that it was not an easy thing to observe this law. “I understand that during a flight a smoker is capable to tolerate but I don’t see how a smoker can tolerate refraining from smoking in a long-distance train bound, say, for Vladivostok.”

The anti-tobacco law in Russia came into effect on June 1, 2013, immediately after the World No Tobacco Day. Starting from June 1, 2013, smoking was prohibited in public places, at hospitals, schools, cultural and sports facilities, in administrative buildings, airports, offices and staircases in dwelling houses. Starting from June 1, 2014, the ban became effective for long-distance trains and ships, platforms, hotels, markets and shops. Smoking is also banned in restaurants, cafes and bars. Apart from that, the law prohibits placing tobacco advertising in mass media and in stores. It is prohibited to stage outdoor tobacco advertising and promotion campaigns or to sponsor such campaigns. It also raises tobacco excises and sets minimum selling prices for cigarettes.

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