The ministries of regional development and healthcare’s joint order No 321 dated July 31, 2013 approved the requirements for providing special outdoor and isolated indoor areas for smoking and outfitting them with necessary equipment. The order was issued in compliance with Part 3 of Article 12 of Federal Law No 15-FZ dated February 23, 2013 On the Protection of People’s Health from the Exposure to Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke and the Consequences of Tobacco Consumption.
Outdoor areas and isolated indoor areas will be provided for smoking and outfitted with the necessary equipment following the proprietor or his authorised representative’s decision.
Special outdoor and isolated indoor areas mentioned in the document are provided within sites and premises that are not among the areas and facilities where smoking is banned. They must fit the sanitary law’s hygienic norms for the possible content of substances in the atmosphere that are emitted while smoking.
Outdoor sites where smoking is allowed should be marked with the Smoking Area sign and outfitted with ashtrays and artificial lighting. The areas should also be provided with information materials on the harm of tobacco consumption and the harmful effects of tobacco smoke.
Apart from these requirements, isolated indoor areas should be outfitted with fire extinguishers and an intake and mechanical exhaust ventilation system that provides for the absorption of contaminating substances produced while smoking. The system should not allow contaminated air to reach adjoining rooms.
The joint order was signed by Minister of Regional Development Igor Slyunyayev and Minister of Healthcare Veronika Skvortsova.
Source: Ministry of Regional Development