<b>Medicare for Russian smokers</b> <p>Soon the anti-tobacco program will take effect in Russia. The program is to be funded through the Compulsory Medical Insurance money.</p> <p>Now physicians are obliged to warn patients about damage from smoking. Moreover they should suggest ways of quitting. If the patient can't conquer his weaker self he will be welcomed to get help free of charge.</p> <p>Smokers can call in special call centers as well.</p> <p>The smoking ban in Russia will come into force on June 1, 2013. <div style="text-align:center"><img src="/img_news/medicare_smokers.jpg" style="border:0;width:600px;height:340px" alt="Medicare for Russian smokers" /></div>