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Putin passes law banning smoking in public places

Russian president Vladimir Putin signs law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government's bid to improve public health.

world Updated: Feb 25, 2013 12:44 IST

President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning smoking in public places in Russia from June, a cornerstone of the government's bid to improve public health, the Kremlin said on Monday.

The law, called "On protecting the health of citizens from the danger of passive smoking and the consequences of the use of tabacco", makes smoking illegal in restaurants, cafes, hotels, trains and a host of other places.