Smoking in restaurants, bars, hotels and trains is now illegal in Russia. The new law went into effect today as the country publicly tries to reduce its smokers.

The law has received pushback from both smokers’ rights groups and restaurants, the latter fearing it could hurt business.

Russia is also said to be working on an increase to excise taxes on cigarettes, it’s unclear whether or not cigars could be affected.

Charlie Minato

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