Many efforts have been made in the past to impose smoking bans, without success. However, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has been persistent in pushing for this legislation. Addressing ministers after the discussion, he said, “This is a big problem and we are too careless about it.”
Russia has finally caught up with the rest of the world, and smokers now have a couple of years to give up the habit, before harsh anti-smoking legislation comes into effect during 2015.
Should this legislation pass, smoking will be prohibited in any public place, including restaurants and cafes.
“We have to move towards civilization, like the rest of the world. And this will bring in an effect that will be measured in human lives,” he added.