Tobacco Bill

Is There No Joy Left For the Russians?

Strange as it sounds, the Duma, the lower house of the Russian parliament, has made the first moves toward an anti-smoking ban of Californian proportions. The ban would cover all workplaces, stadiums, schools, universities, theaters, hospitals, even public transport, nearly every place where Russians light up.

Russians smoke some 3 billion cigarettes each year. According to the official stats, 77% of men smoke. The chairman of the Duma health committee, one intrepid NIKOLAI GERASIMENKO, has launched a crusade to save his comrades' lungs. Gerasimenko, a surgeon from the Altai region in western Siberia, chain-smoked for three decades before converting, as...

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