Smoking and tobacco ban

Federal Law No. 15-FZ "On the protection of public health from the impact of  tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco consumption" (hereinafter - the "law") came into force on June 1, 2013. There are certain provisions that are not included in this law. The law has increased the list of places where tobacco smoking is prohibited.

From June 1, 2013 smoking is prohibited in transport infrastructure such as railway stations, bus stations, river ports, airports, etc.

From June 1, 2014 smoking will not be allowed in the following places:

  • Bars, cafes and restaurants;
  • Hotels, hostels, campsites, etc.;
  • Long-distance trains during trips;
  • Long-distance passenger ships;
  • Commuter train platforms.

The list of places where smoking is banned in accordance with the law is not exhaustive. Public authorities of the federal subjects of the Russian Federation will have the power to ban smoking in other public places.

Also from June 1, 2013 tobacco advertising is banned, as well as tobacco promotion and sponsorship.

Violation of the law on advertising by advertisers carries a fine of 100 to 500 thousand rubles for legal entities and 4 to 20 thousand rubles for entrepreneurs.

From June 1, 2014 retail sale of tobacco products will be banned at railway stations, bus stations, subway stations, airports, sea and river ports, hotels, etc. Duty-free shops will be an exception.

Retail sale of tobacco products will only be allowed in shops and pavilions. The only exception will be places without shops and pavilions.

Selling tobacco products remotely (including through the Internet) or from machines will be prohibited.

Electronic cigarettes will also be banned because, according to the law, such items act as smoking  advertisements.  

There will be a fine for breaking the above rules. The fine  is 10 to 30 thousand rubles for organizations and 1 to 3 thousand rubles for entrepreneurs.

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