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Like to smoke? Rethink that holiday in Finland

Finland is attempting to become a smoke-free country. A new law will ban the display of tobacco products in shops by spring and ban smoking in cars if you have a minor in your vehicle.

The Finnish government has made it plain that these are only the first steps to get rid of tobacco "once and for all," according to State Secretary Ilkka Oksala.

Oksala says "we are not afraid" of the tobacco industry, and considering that there really isn't a tobacco industry in Finland (it's not exactly the best place to grow it) they might be able to win this fight.

But will they really be able to phase out tobacco entirely? I bet other highly addictive substances that are already illegal in Finland, such as heroin and cocaine, can still be found.

Europe has been shifting towards an anti-smoking culture for some time now, driven by the need to reduce costs to national health care systems. The UK already has a smoking ban in public buildings such as restaurants and pubs, and Spain will follow suit this year. Even Amsterdam's coffee shops have separate spaces if you want to mix tobacco with your hash. Finland's total ban is only the most extreme example of a continental trend.


Filed under: Europe, Finland, News

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