Movement to ban public smoking grows in Lebanon


Though still in its early days, there’s a robust movement growing in Lebanon to ban smoking in public places. The measure would follow a similar ban in Turkey and Syria, and a law in Jordan still being implemented, within a greater Middle East known for its addiction to cigarettes; Turkey and Yemen lead the proverbial pack, with more than 60% of adult males identified as regular smokers. Syria trails with just over 50%, according to the World Health Organization.

In Lebanon, where 45% of men and 38% of women smoke, a National Tobacco Control Program has campaigned for stricter laws



9 responses to “Movement to ban public smoking grows in Lebanon”

  1. hey nina, are you the same nina who attended Rawdah High School in Verdun, Beirut!

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Well, don’t take the kids to a bar then, Hannibal. 😉 How can you have a good scotch without a good cigar??
    Ok, ok … I agree it’s one of those nasty terrible habits. And there should be some smoke-free zones. But someone will come along and identify ‘public places’ as all of the great outdoors … and it’s still a legal drug. Right?

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Yah … smoking tobacco is probably the least of what’s in the air … and I doubt Syria is seeing much success with banning now either.

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