Smoking ban burns Syrian businesses

Cafes and restaurants complain complete ban on public smoking is hurting trade.

    Syria is the first Arab country to enforce a ban on smoking in all public places, including cafes and restaurants.

    The decree was signed last November by Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, who is also a qualified medical doctor, but the law was not implemented until last Wednesday.

    Many businesses have said that the ban is already hurting trade in a country where it is believed that more than 20 per cent of women and 60 per cent of men are smokers.

    Al Jazeera's Bhanu Bhatnagar reports. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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