Smoking in the former Soviet Union

Cigarettes are dirt cheap all across the former Soviet Union, hence why smoking is so prolific.

Cigarettes for sale in Kiev, around 7 and 30 Ukrainian hryvnia a packet

In Kiev I found cigarette packs for sale between 7 and 30 Ukrainian hryvnia – about US$0.85 to US$3.70!

Cigarette displays above the cash registers in a Russian supermarket

And cigarette displays were in prime positing is stores – such as above the cash registers in this Saint Petersburg supermarket.

But the final oddity was the promo girls spruiking cigarettes in Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport.

Russian promo girls spruik cigarettes

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