Sheremetyevo Airport to close down smoking areas on court order
MOSCOW, June 3 (RAPSI) – A Moscow Region court has ruled that smoking areas at Sheremetyevo Airport, one of Europe’s 20 largest airports, should be closed, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced on its website on Tuesday.
The antismoking law, which includes an extended list of places where smoking is prohibited, became effective in Russia on June 1. The no-smoking sites include cafes, bars, restaurants, hotels, hostels, outdoor markets and other trading premises, some railway stations and airports.
The fines for smoking in prohibited areas vary between 500 and 1,500 rubles ($14.30-$43) for individuals and up to 90,000 rubles ($2,580) for legal entities.
“It has been established that there were 10 designated smoking areas in Terminals D and E of Sheremetyevo Airport, in violation of the federal law that prohibits smoking at airports,” reads the statement on the website of the Prosecutor General’s Office. The Sheremetyevo management has been instructed to dismantle smoking areas within a month of the court ruling’s enforcement.
Russia consumed 340 billion cigarettes in 2012, equivalent to 118 packets of 20 for every man, woman and child in the country. This was second only to China, with 2.3 trillion.
Russia has moved to curb the habit with new legislation to ban smoking in public places, including schools, hospitals, government buildings and public transport. Fines of up to 3,000 rubles ($94) were introduced in November and the ban will be extended to bars and restaurants in June.