Apparently Italy is not alone. Cuba is enacting a ban of smoking in enclosed public spaces starting next month. That said, it’s not as bad as it sounds, it’s more like what the US did two decades ago — there must be distinct smoking/non-smoking sections, no more cigarette vending machines, and children under the age of 16 will not be able to buy cigarettes. While I’m mostly just quoting the article now, I find it interesting that this is happening in a country that subsidizes ciagarettes and has a smoking habit in half of its population. I suppose things have to start somewhere.
What’s interesting is that a quick look at the recent news (press releases in the last, say, 24 hours), it’s apparent that smoking bans are a pretty hot topic. Apparently, Alberta is considering a smoking ban, though their premier is quite opposed, offering the following brilliant note:
“You have to weigh the interests of business against the interests of health. I guess people have a choice as to where they work in some cases. It’s an unfortunate situation and perhaps we’ll have a discussion about that and how we deal about secondhand smoke,” Mr. Klein said.
Just in the last day, I’ve seen discussions of smoking bans in Wisconsin, Vermont, Minnesota, Nebraska… Is the end near?