MOSCOW, Feb. 11 – RIA Novosti. Duma on Tuesday, February 12, intends to take in the third final reading of anti-smoking bill, after which parliamentarians are planning to adopt the amendments to the Administrative Code, defining the penalties for breaking the law, said on Monday the State Duma Deputy Speaker Sergei Zheleznyak (“United Russia”).
The State Duma in late January passed the second reading anti-smoking bill. The law, if adopted as a whole will come into force on 1 June 2013.However, some provisions will take effect June 1, 2014. A ban on smoking in nursing homes, long-distance trains, on aircraft and seagoing vessels, transport, urban and suburban, less than 15 meters from the entrances to stations and airports or subway. Also, in 2014, will not be allowed to smoke in hotels, catering facilities, the platforms of suburban railway stations.
“The Bureau of the faction” United Russia “today decided to support the proposal by the relevant committee of the State Duma Health Council Chamber to consider in plenary on Tuesday, February 12 in the third reading the draft law” On protection of public health from exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and the effects of tobacco use, “- Zheleznyak told reporters.
He noted that, as some provisions of the bill must act on June 1, 2013, for its effective enforcement to quickly make changes to the Code of Administrative Offences (CAO) of the Russian Federation related to the introduction of administrative responsibility for those smoking in public places, where it will be prohibited by law, as well as amendments to the law “On Advertising” prohibiting any advertising in the media and on the Internet.
“The amount of penalties for violation of the law will be determined taking into account the existing international practice. Those activities (preparation of the new amendments to the law) will begin on Tuesday, February 12, immediately after the adoption of the State Duma of the anti-smoking law in the framework of a working group of the State Duma, which will include representatives of the relevant committees, ministries and agencies, as well as civil society, “- said the deputy.