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    Syria smoking ban enters into force

    Syria smoking ban enters into force

    Smoking nargile is a very popular in Arab culture

    A decree banning smoking in Syrian cafes, restaurants and other public spaces has entered into force.

    The decree also outlaws smoking in educational institutions, health centres, sports halls, cinemas and theatres and on public transport.

    Workers must not smoke during meetings and businesses need to provide well-ventilated areas for smokers.

    The restrictions include the nargile, or hubble-bubble pipe, which is popular among locals and tourists.

    The decree signed by President Bashar al-Assad, a qualified medical doctor, imposes a fine of up to $800 (518) on those who break the ban.

    The Syrian government has passed several laws restricting smoking in the last two decades.

    A decree in 1996 banned tobacco advertising while a 2006 law outlawed smoking on public transport and in some public places, introducing fines for offenders. Under-18s are not allowed to buy tobacco.

    The World Health Organization is unable to provide details on tobacco consumption in Syria, but levels of smoking in public is high across the Arab world, especially among men.

    Iraq's cabinet recently agreed a draft law outlining similar measures, causing uproar amongst smokers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    Syria smoking ban enters into force
    Great.............that gives me another reason not to go there!

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    Way, Way South of the border now - thank God!
    Can't smoke Syrians? Wherever next will the US army go then?

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