Another smoking ban

January 26th, 2005 | by Andrew Ó Baoill |

Yet another country is following the lead of Ireland in restricting smoking in public places:

Cuba, the home of the cigar, is to ban smoking in public places. From February 6th smoking will not be allowed in offices, shops, cinemas and buses. More than half of all adults in Cuba are smokers and the authorities want to reduce the country’s health problems caused by the habit. President Fidel Castro gave up smoking in 1986, and has famously said the best thing to do with a cigar is to give it to your enemy. Cuba earns 200 million dollars a year from exporting cigars.

(from InterWorld Radio)

Update: A friend pointed me towards this story in the UK Independent about developments there – including some interesting analysis of industry developments.

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