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Cuba Bans Smoking in Public Venues


Cuba has decided to ban smoking in many public places beginning next month.

Officials say the smoking ban, which will start the first week of February, will apply to buses, theaters, sports arenas and indoor restaurants, except designated areas. Cigarette machines will also be removed.

The French news agency, AFP, reports that under the new rules tobacco products will be sold only to people over 16 years of age. There is currently no age minimum.

The news agency reports the government has taken the measures for health reasons and to respect the rights of non-smokers.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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