Lebanon bans smoking in closed public places

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Posted: Aug 17, 2011 3:13 PM
Lebanon bans smoking in closed public places

Lebanon's National News Agency says parliament has banned smoking in closed public places like restaurants and pubs.

The report said the law, passed Wednesday, and will go into effect over the course of the year. Violators will be subject to fines, but it was not immediately clear how much. The law also bans advertising for cigarettes.

Smoking is common throughout Lebanon, where people light up everywhere from cafes and restaurants to hospital waiting rooms.

Lawmaker Atef Majdalani, a doctor, said Lebanon spends $350 million annually for treatment of diseases caused by smoking.