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A Refreshing Breath of Smoke

Speaking as a guy who plows through hundreds of news stories about Russia every week, it was refreshing to see this interesting New York Times piece about Russia’s tobacco culture (a staggering 50% of Russians are smokers) and the difficulties the government faces in addressing it as a public health issue. Though the war is immensely important, it’s good to see that some editors remember that other events continue to take place outside the narrow view of a single narrative about Russia per month.