Egypt bans smoking (partially)

ClopesEgypt Passes National Anti-Smoking Law:
Smoking will now be prohibited in health and educational organizations, youth centers, legislative associations and all governmental authorities and clubs. A fine between 1,000 EGP ($175 USD) and 50,000 EGP ($9,000 USD) was also added to the new law for violations of the new tobacco law.

According to a report by the Health Committee, Egyptians smoke roughly 19 million cigarettes each year, spending around 3 billion EGP ($520 million USD). It added that smokers in the country increase by six to nine percent every year as compared to only one percent in the West.
Yeah right -- civil servants and MPs are going to stop smoking in public buildings. I'd like to see how this will be inforced, particularly with such high fines.
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