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North Korea Prohibits Public Smoking

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North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly has introduced a policy last Nov. 4 prohibiting smoking in some public places “to protect the lives and health of the people,” according to state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly has introduced a policy on Nov. 4 prohibiting smoking in some public places “to protect the lives and health of the people,” according to state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The tobacco-prohibition law tightens the legal and social controls on the production and sale of cigarettes to provide “more cultured and hygienic living environments,” KCNA quoted the law in a report on Nov. 5.

The public places specified by the law include medical and public health facilities, public transportation, public recreational centers like theater and cinemas, nursing institutions, and commercial and public catering establishments.

The law also indicates penalties for violations.

According to a report released by the World Health Organization in 2019, 46.1% of the male population in North Korea are smokers.

The law comes as North Korea’s current leader Kim Jong Un is a known chain smoker. State media has often photographed him holding a cigarette.