The Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations has announced a ban on smoking on the balconies of the apartments that have made the country unpleasant.

The ban is part of new regulations to prevent and combat fires.

The new law prohibits fireworks on the balconies of apartments and hotels.

Officials say match-fixing and smoking are both declare as fireworks.

The use of barbecue grills and candles will also be banned.

Smoking half-burned cigarettes that can cause a fire can lead to criminal charges.

New regulations are due to come into force on October 1.