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Fines for smoking on Russian airlines may rise to $1,600

14:45 26/03/2013

MOSCOW, March 26 - RAPSI. Fines for smoking on board a plane may rise to 50,000 rubles ($1,625) according to a bill submitted to the State Duma by a group of lawmakers representing all parties.

The sponsors of the bill propose amending the Administrative Offenses Code and introducing higher fines, a State Duma source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.

Smoking on suburban trains, and long-distance trains, including in the connecting sections, as well as on other public transport, will be punished by a fine of 1,200 - 1,500 rubles ($39-$48.80).

Smokers on board a plane will face a fine ranging from 20,000 ($650) to 50,000 rubles, or from 50 to 200 hours of community work. The bill proposes to add a clause to the Code introducing sanctions against legal entities for failure to enforce the ban on smoking.  Self-employed business owners will pay a fine from 20,000 to 30,000 rubles ($650-$975), and companies from 50,000 to 80,000 rubles ($2,600).

A repeat offence can earn self-employed business owners a fine of 40,000 ($1,300) -50,000 rubles or suspension of operation for up to 90 days, and companies will be subject to a 80,000 -100,000 ruble ($3,251) fine, or face suspension for the same period.

On February 25 President Vladimir Putin signed the law banning smoking in public places from June this year.

"The federal law has been adopted to incorporate the provisions of the framework convention of the World Health Organization, which Russia ratified in 2008. It will regulate the protection of people from tobacco smoke and the hazardous effects of smoking," the statement on the Kremlin website says.

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.

June 1, 2014 will also be the date when smoking will 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.

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