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In a country famed for its cigars, Cuba adds no-smoking rules

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
Associated Press
Posted January 18 2005, 3:13 PM EST

HAVANA -- Cuba, known for its world-famous cigars, will soon ask smokers of those fine stogies, and the island's unfiltered black tobacco cigarettes, to step outside.

Beginning on Feb. 7, smoking will be prohibited in theaters, stores, buses, taxis and other enclosed public areas under a new resolution published in Cuba's most recent National Gazette by the Commerce Ministry.

Smoking will also be banned in closed restaurants and cafeterias, except in specially designated nonsmoking areas. Cigarette machines will be taken down.

There was no word if smoking would be allowed in bars.

The resolution said the move was ``taking into account the damage to human health caused by the consumption of cigarettes and cigars, with the objective of contributing to a change in the attitudes of our population.''

The resolution will also suspend sales of cigarettes to children under age 16 and at stores less than 100 meters (yards) from schools.

People employed in education and health jobs will no longer be allowed to smoke at work, and other government workers will have to go outside the buildings where they work to light up.

At the same time, the Cuban government will launch public service campaigns aimed at encouraging people to kick the habit, and health warnings will be required on cigarette packages.

According to government statistics, four of every 10 Cubans smoke, and 30 percent of 15,000 deaths from preventable cancers each year can be linked to smoking.

But tolerance for the habit here has been slowly waning and even President Fidel Castro gave up smoking cigars years ago.

At the same time, Castro himself has acknowledged the economic importance of cigar exports, which generate about US$200 million annually.

``We historically have been producers of tobacco and we cannot renounce that,'' Castro joked to a group of students in 2003.

``When we give a box of cigars to a friend, we say: 'You can smoke them, or you can give them to a friend who smokes,'' Castro said then. ``But the best thing to do is give them to your enemy.''
:mad: Ok the world as we know it is coming to a end :rolleyes:
 

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What is this world coming to? Seems like so many organizations and people are trying to criminalize things like tobacco, alcohol, and religion. Pretty soon the only place where you can smoke or say the word Jesus will be in your own home, in the basement out of sight of the profanity and smoke sensor the government has installed that will automatically fine you! :sb
 

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Pretty soon our world will be like how the future is portrayed in Demolition Man. No dinking, smoking, cussing, no salt, no meat and worst of all no SEX. What to do without being able to exchange bodily fluids? Then light a cigar and say....Holy Sh!t that was f*cking awsome!!! Then have to go use the "three seashells."
 

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Sounds to me like someone in Cuba is trying to kiss the UN/EU's (they're basically the same thing:)) ass with this move.

QUOTE=Havanaaddict]In a country famed for its cigars, Cuba adds no-smoking rules

By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ
Associated Press
Posted January 18 2005, 3:13 PM EST

HAVANA -- Cuba, known for its world-famous cigars, will soon ask smokers of those fine stogies, and the island's unfiltered black tobacco cigarettes, to step outside.

Beginning on Feb. 7, smoking will be prohibited in theaters, stores, buses, taxis and other enclosed public areas under a new resolution published in Cuba's most recent National Gazette by the Commerce Ministry.

Smoking will also be banned in closed restaurants and cafeterias, except in specially designated nonsmoking areas. Cigarette machines will be taken down.

There was no word if smoking would be allowed in bars.

The resolution said the move was ``taking into account the damage to human health caused by the consumption of cigarettes and cigars, with the objective of contributing to a change in the attitudes of our population.''

The resolution will also suspend sales of cigarettes to children under age 16 and at stores less than 100 meters (yards) from schools.

People employed in education and health jobs will no longer be allowed to smoke at work, and other government workers will have to go outside the buildings where they work to light up.

At the same time, the Cuban government will launch public service campaigns aimed at encouraging people to kick the habit, and health warnings will be required on cigarette packages.

According to government statistics, four of every 10 Cubans smoke, and 30 percent of 15,000 deaths from preventable cancers each year can be linked to smoking.

But tolerance for the habit here has been slowly waning and even President Fidel Castro gave up smoking cigars years ago.

At the same time, Castro himself has acknowledged the economic importance of cigar exports, which generate about US$200 million annually.

``We historically have been producers of tobacco and we cannot renounce that,'' Castro joked to a group of students in 2003.

``When we give a box of cigars to a friend, we say: 'You can smoke them, or you can give them to a friend who smokes,'' Castro said then. ``But the best thing to do is give them to your enemy.''
:mad: Ok the world as we know it is coming to a end :rolleyes:[/QUOTE]
 

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talking to a friend last november(in habana)was told then that the WHO was putting pressure on habanos/altadis to put warning labels on boxes of cigars.sounds like more pressure from the same organization.

derrek :D
 

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Yep, like I said -- the UN. Wankers.

dvickery said:
talking to a friend last november(in habana)was told then that the WHO was putting pressure on habanos/altadis to put warning labels on boxes of cigars.sounds like more pressure from the same organization.

derrek :D
 

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coppertop said:
Pretty soon our world will be like how the future is portrayed in Demolition Man. No dinking, smoking, cussing, no salt, no meat and worst of all no SEX. What to do without being able to exchange bodily fluids? Then light a cigar and say....Holy Sh!t that was f*cking awsome!!! Then have to go use the "three seashells."
That is one sad visualization. :r Damn those three seashells!
 

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can you post , please, the link of this article? thanks.
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