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Putin’s soviet anti-smoking campaign

Cigarette prices are rising but smokers are fighting back

By Anna Blundy   April 2016

Women smoke cigarettes at a shopping center in Moscow, Russia ©Misha Japaridze/AP/Press Association Images

There you are at the bus stop in Moscow, shuffling your feet in the freezing slush and thinking of having a quick cigarette to pass the time. Surprisingly, since we tend to think of Russians as having a shot of vodka in one hand and a cigarette in the other, acting on that thought is going to prove quite difficult.

In Russia, you…

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