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Russia to Ban Smoking IndoorsRussia is due to ban smoking in all enclosed spaces in an effort to stamp out a habit which kills up to 500,000 people every year, the Health Ministry has said.
"All disagreements between ministries over the ban have been resolved," a Health Ministry spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
The bill is still subject to approval by the parliament.
The World Health Organization welcomed the bill, describing it as a "breakthrough" for Russia.
But Russia's Consumers Union criticized the bill, saying curbs do little to discourage tobacco consumption, the state-run Rossiskaya Gazeta reported.
More adults smoked in Russia than in any other heavy-smoking country in the world, the World Health Organization concluded in a report released last year.
It said nearly 40 percent of the country's 143-million-strong population were smokers.
Smoking-related diseases kill as many as 350,000 to a half million of Russians every year, Russian officials say.
In 2010, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin approved a government anti-smoking program which aims to cut the number of adult smokers by a quarter by 2015.