But it does have one negative consquence – more smokers in front of bars – which highlights the lack of a coherent strategy to develop Ukraine’s city-centers.
Sitting with friends at the popular hangout Cupidon (Cupid) in central Kyiv, I was surprised when, at around 10:30 p.m., the staff locked the doors. They refused to let anyone into the moderately full pub, and made clear that any exit would be final.
The problem: neighbors were complaining about the noise made by smokers on a cigarette break.
In addition to being a serious fire hazard, the decision quickly emptied the bar as most groups left for places that wouldn’t discriminate their smoking friends.