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Last updated at 12:32 GMT, Wednesday, 06 March 2013

Russia's new smoking ban

women smoking, AP

In several countries, including the UK, there is a smoking ban in public places.

In this week's 6 Minute English, Rob and Feifei discuss a tough new law in Russia that bans smoking in public places.

Under the new legislation, smoking in places like restaurants, train station entrances and children's playgrounds will be illegal.

We hear how this will come as a shock to Russia's smokers and learn some smoking-related vocabulary along the way.

This week's question:

According to figures from the World Lung Foundation, in which country do people consume the most cigarettes per person each year?

a) China

b) Estonia

c) Serbia

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.


Russia's new smoking ban

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a smoking ban

a law that does not allow smoking

lighting up

lighting / smoking a cigarette

to smoke like a chimney

to smoke a lot

to stub out

to put a cigarette out (by pushing the remaining part of the cigarette on to a hard surface like an ash tray)


unable to stop doing something even though you want to

put that in your pipe and smoke it

to accept what you are told, even if you don't like it


strong feelings for doing something (eg. smoking)

to extinguish

to put out

to go up in smoke

to be a waste of time



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