Moscow Mulls Smoking Ban in Restaurants By 2014

by VR Sreeraman on  May 6, 2012 at 3:55 PM General Health News
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In an initiative to curb the rising smoking-related deaths, Moscow authorities have planned to ban smoking in restaurants and pubs by 2014.

A draft plan published on the city's department of economic policy and development's website has revealed.
 Moscow Mulls Smoking Ban in Restaurants By 2014
Moscow Mulls Smoking Ban in Restaurants By 2014

"The ban on smoking in public places will be introduced gradually. In 2012, a total ban on smoking is planned in educational and healthcare facilities, places of culture, state offices and public transportation. In 2013-2014 the ban will be extended to all workplaces, pubs and restaurants," it said. In addition, 20 percent fewer licenses to sell alcohol will be granted in 2012-2014.

It is also expected to increase the fine for drinking alcoholic beverages, including beer, in public places to 1,000 rubles (about $35) from 100-300 rubles currently.

More adults smoke in Russia than in any other heavy-smoking country in the world, according to the World Health Organization report released last year. Nearly 40 percent of the country's 143-million-strong population were smokers, it said.

Smoking-related diseases kill as many as 350,000-500,000 Russians every year, say officials.

In 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had approved a government anti-smoking program which aims to reduce the number of adult smokers 25 percent by 2015.

Source: IANS

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