Smoke before the flight… Is it possible now?
The fight against smoking is actively conducted all over the world, it has not bypassed Russia either. The "anti-smoking" law came into force in 2013. To date, it prohibits, first of all, abusing a bad habit in public places. And the list only grows and grows every year. Experts see a positive effect in it, noting that thanks to the anti-smoking campaign, the number of smokers has decreased by 25%. But since 2020, there will be an amendment to the law allowing "smoking rooms" on the territory of airports.
At the moment, according to the law "On the protection of citizens' health from the effects of ambient tobacco smoke and the consequences of tobacco consumption", smoking is prohibited on all types of public transport, including on aircraft. The only place where it is possible to do this before departure is at a distance of at least 15 meters from the terminal. Recently, cases of violations have become more frequent, when passengers violated the law in toilets, in rooms for mothers and other public places. This causes not only harm to the health of the surrounding citizens, but also violates the fire safety technique. This led to many criminal cases. In this regard, the issue of relaxing the law was actively raised.
It is worth noting that most airports in the world have smoking rooms or separate places for smoking on the street. For example, they operate at airports in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Munich and others. Only in Russia a complete ban was imposed on this. In this regard, the amendment to the law will receive a positive response. At the beginning of 2020, it will be introduced into the bill. This will be convenient for citizens of the Russian Federation who are addicted to a harmful habit, and many people who come to the country do not know about the ban.
The bill allows to equip special rooms on the territory of the terminal for airport employees and airlines, as well as for passengers who have checked in for a flight. The main thing that the law requires from smoking rooms is that they are not transparent. So that children and other citizens do not observe the smoking process. Fans of electronic cigarettes and similar analogues must also comply with the law and use their devices in "smoking rooms".
Interestingly, the new amendment does not oblige Russian airports to introduce smoking rooms, but only gives them the right to do so. Therefore, the final decision for the organization of such places remains with the airport itself. At a minimum, large air harbors will use this right. Therefore, after the final signing of the bill, Pulkovo, Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo will be ready to open "smoking rooms". It is still unknown how other airports of the country will behave.
There are opponents of this legislation, saying that such a relaxation of the law will entail a series of others. Some deputies suggested making smoking rooms paid, others talked about their restrictions, no more than two for the entire airport. The main thing is that the rooms comply with all fire safety rules and have a powerful hood. How do you feel about such an amendment? Will it bring a positive effect?