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Lebanon: At Odds with the Smoking Ban

As of September 3rd, smoking will be prohibited in public transportation, work places and closed public places, including coffee shops and restaurants.

Mohammad Hijazi explains that the law is unrealistic and that its enforcement will;

Generate a drop of roughly $282 million in revenues, representing 7.1% of GDP in the hospitality sector and lead to a loss of about 2600 full-time jobs.

Mohammad also posted an online copy of the new law and its amendments [ar].

  • Michael.J.

    The same doom and gloom was seen for the U.K. when the smoking ban was brought in.To be honest it is a good idea and not too much has been lost except the smell of smoke in public places.People will adapt.I did and im a heavy smoker.

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