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MOSCOW, February 13 - RAPSI. The State Duma adopted the anti-smoking law in the third and final reading on Tuesday. It bans smoking at state organizations, universities and schools, hospitals, stadiums, restaurants, trains and by metro stations from June 1, 2013. Only offices and industrial enterprises will be allowed to retain their segregated smoking areas.
A total of 441 MPs voted for, and only one against.
If approved by the upper house of parliament and signed by the president, the law will come into force on June 1, 2013, though some provisions will only become effective a year later. These include the ban on smoking at resorts, in long-distance trains, aircraft and long haul ships, on urban and commuter transport, less than 15 meters from the entrance of railway and metro stations and airports. From June 1, 2014, smoking will also be prohibited in hotels, cafes and restaurants, and on commuter platforms.
Under the law, tobacco companies will be prohibited from holding lotteries and sponsoring festivals, and their correspondences with bodies of power will be published.
Cigarettes will be removed from public view; stores will only be able to display a list of prices at the tills. The law also bans the sale of electronic cigarettes and naswar tobacco.
Grigory Balykhin (United Russia), a member of the State Duma Committee for Education and former head of the Federal Agency for Education, said that the ban on smoking includes both state and private universities and schools.
The provision on the registration of the production, import and export of tobacco and on wholesale and retail tobacco trade will come into force in January 2017. The rules for registration will be set by the government.