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President of Argentina sanctions law that prohibits smoking in public places

About 30% of Argentine adults are smokers and an average of 110 people die every day in the country because of smoking

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Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, on Monday enacted a law that states "public places 100% smoke-free" and prohibits the advertising of cigarettes in "every kind of activity or event."

The bill, passed by Parliament on Feb. 1, "is a norm of respect for others, the next," said Cristina in an act at the headquarters of the Executive. She said the law seeks to preserve health in Argentina, where 30% of the adult population smokes and every day about 110 people die because of smoking.

The law banning smoking in public places and workplaces and sets out fines, stop advertising and sponsorship activities of tobacco companies to promote their brands, in addition to forcing manufacturers to include messages on cigarette packets to warn about the effects harmful to health.

On the other hand, will still be allowed to smoke on patios, terraces and balconies, unless these spaces belong to hospitals and schools.

Cristina identified himself as a "converted," since in "many years" two young men smoked cigarettes per day, and revealed that her husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner came to smoking four packs a day.

"I quit smoking on December 31, 1988 at midnight. The same day I smoked one after another and then I blacked out my last cigarette and never went back to smoking. Four years later he (Fernandez), who lived in involved a cloud of smoke and the yellow fingers, quit smoking, "he said.

The president said that "with the fury of the converted" is troubled to smoke around her and tries to convince his two sons to quit smoking.

Moreover, the minister stressed that the law will not affect financially the tobacco-producing provinces, because, he argued, most of the Argentine production is exported.

According to a study by the Cancer Society of the United States, Argentina is in third place ranking in per capita consumption of tobacco in the Americas.

Source: EFE
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