POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:04am
NBC News — Russia will ban smoking in many public places starting in June. The new law is a part of President Vladimir Putin's plans to make citizens healthier, raise life expectancy and help the economy.
Under the law, signed by Putin, smoking will gradually be banned at work, in the subway, restaurants, cafes, ships and long-distance trains in a nation with one of the world's top smoking rates. The legislation will also restrict cigarette sales and ban advertising and sponsorship of events by tobacco companies. Putin's aim is to force a lifestyle change on millions of Russians in a country where bars and restaurants are often filled with smoke.