Russian society is generally more relaxed about smoking in public than Western countries, but there have been various attempts to discourage the habit in recent years. Smoking is now prohibited in restaurants, bars, night clubs, stadiums, stores, elevators, children’s playgrounds, trains and train platforms. However, you can still smoke on most restaurant patios. Officially, though, smoking in public spaces carries a fine of 500 to 3,000 rubles. Tip from a local: To buy a pack of cigarettes, tell the cashier at check-out the name of the brand you’re looking to buy.