Holy Smoke! Vat­i­can ‘quits smok­ing’

Daily Nation Newspaper - - INTERNATIONAL -

VTICAN CITY - Pope Fran­cis is say­ing “Just Say No” to cig­a­rettes.

The Vat­i­can an­nounced yes­ter­day that it would no longer sell cig­a­rettes to em­ploy­ees in its duty free shop and su­per­mar­ket - giv­ing up an es­ti­mated €10m ($11m) a year in prof­its.

The Vat­i­can said Fran­cis took the de­ci­sion be­cause “the Holy See can­not con­trib­ute to an ac­tiv­ity that clearly dam­ages the health of peo­ple.”

A state­ment cited World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion data find­ing that smok­ing is the cause of more than 7 mil­lion deaths an­nu­ally around the globe.

A 2015 book based on leaked Vat­i­can doc­u­ments, “Avarice,” re­ported that cig­a­rette sales bring in an es­ti­mated €10m a year to the Vat­i­can City State and are the sec­ond-most im­por­tant source of in­come af­ter tax-free gas sales.

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