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Russia's ban on smoking in cafes, restaurants comes into force

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Staff writer ▼ | June 2, 2014
The strictest part of Russia's anti-tobacco law comes into force on June 1, making it illegal to smoke cigarettes in cafés and restaurants.
Russia smoking ban
Russia smoking banThe strictest part of Russia's anti-tobacco law comes into force on June 1, making it illegal to smoke cigarettes in cafés and restaurants.


The smoking ban also spreads across to hotels and marketplaces, as well as long distance trains, train stations, and ships. From now on, smoking areas will cease to exist in eating establishments across Russia, with special rooms for tobacco lovers also forbidden. Café and restaurant owners must remove all ashtrays and hang warning signs which inform customers that smoking is prohibited inside the establishment.

A violation of the ban will result in significant fines - which must be paid by both the smoker and the owner of the establishment. An individual owner will be forced to part with 30,000-40,000 rubles (around US$870-1,150) if one of his customers is caught puffing a cigarette. Meanwhile, a chain-run corporate business must pay a larger penalty of 60,000-90,000 rubles (around $1,700-2,600) for the same crime.


 

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