160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Wednesday, the Duma gave preliminary backing to a measure that would prohibit beer drinking in streets, parks and public squares for both adults and minors. MOSCOW – First beer, now smoking. Russia’s lower house of parliament gave preliminary backing to a new wide-ranging restrictions on smoking in public Friday, the latest in series of legislative measures aimed at regulating Russians’ health and public behavior. The legislation, passed by the State Duma 406-0, all but bans smoking in workplaces, on airplanes, trains and municipal transport as well as in schools, hospitals and government buildings. It requires specially designated smoking areas to be set up. German lawmakers on Friday passed a similar ban on smoking on public transport and in federal buildings, including the parliament, although the plan allows for special rooms to be set aside for smokers. It still needs approval from the upper house of parliament.