Ukraine is on the verge of a public health breakthrough that will help millions of people to live longer, but once again the tobacco industry is standing in the way.

All that has to happen to achieve a major health victory is for President Viktor Yanukovych to sign legislation, passed by 368 out of 450 members in parliament, to enact an indoor smoking ban in public places.

However, the powerful tobacco industry is waging a last-minute campaign to persuade Yanukovych to veto the law. The president has until June 12 to decide.

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