Vice Squad
Monday, February 07, 2005
Cuba Joins the Public Smoking Ban Bandwagon

Cigarette vending machines have been banned, along with smoking in a variety of public venues -- but the Cuban government still rations subsidized smokes to those over 50.

Cuba has signed but not yet ratified the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The Convention received its 40th ratifier in late November, so it will go into effect soon, 90 days after that 40th adopter signed. Vice Squad reported at the time that Peru had been the 40th ratifier, but that proved not to be the case, sort of. Seems that Syria had beaten the Peruvians to the punch, but they sent their notification to the WHO in Arabic, and it took awhile to get translated. See if you can figure out what happened, here -- Armenia and Ghana were involved in the contretemps, too.

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