6% Less smokers in Russia since smoking ban entered into force

According to the new opinion poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center, the number of smokers in Russia has dropped 6 percent since the country adopted a strong tobacco control  legislation last year. The opinion poll shows that that the percentage of smokers has decreased from 41 to 35 percent in the past year.

In June 2013, a law banning smoking in public places such as health care and educational facilities, government buildings, public transportation and sports venues came into force.

In June 2014, the smoking ban was extended to restaurants, bars, long-distance trains and hotels. 

A ban on tobacco advertisements also took effect.

A poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center in February found that 76 percent of Russians were in favor of the smoking ban in public places.