Iraq Cracks Down On Smoking

Smoking is common in many Arab countries, where a pack costs as little as 43 cents.

Iraq is following the lead of many countries when it comes to cigarettes.  Iraq is now considering banning smoking in public places, the first such bill in a country where smoking is virtually a rite of passage of young men.

An Iraqi government spokesperson says they want to bring awareness to the dangers of smoking cigarettes and stop people from starting the habit.

While Iraq considers the measure, North Carolina prepares to implement its ban on smoking in public places, including restaurants and bars.  The ban takes effect on January 1. 

The idea is not uniquely American.  In fact, several European countries have banned smoking inside public places, while 13 states in the U.S. have no ban on smoking.  All of Ireland's public places, including the pubs, went smoke-free five years ago.

Do you think the Iraqi government is trying to send a message to the world with this bill? 



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  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Aug 18, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    Smoke, don't smoke I could care less, but in America it should be up to the individual business owner to decide what to allow in his/her establishment. I could care less what they do in Iraq.
  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 10, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    I don't think they are trying to send a message to the world, but I do think that they are waking up to the cost both short and long term that smoking does for every taxpayer. I long to see a ban on alcohol products, that would save taxpayers billions.

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