|Venezuelan Ministry of Health prepared radical law against smoking
Ministry of Health of Venezuela prepared the law about phased abatement of tobacco production and absolute smoking ban. As Erick Rodriguez (the head of department) reported, it is planned to reduce and then to ban tobacco production in Venezuela as the form of economic activity.
The minister said that everybody who is in need of smoking, let import cigarettes. He also expressed the confidence in the fact that finally the country will be free of smoking. But, he did not mentioned if the ban is applied to powerful companied, which produce in Venezuela such famous brands as Marlboro, Lucky Strike and other well known American brands, or just to the producers of local low quality cigarettes.
Also, Rodriquez added that in bars and restaurants will be special places, equipped with powerful drawing for inveterate smokers, who can not give up smoking.
According to the Ministry of Health, from 26 mln. Venezuelans of all the ages, 4 mln. people smoke cigarettes and Cuban cigars.