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Holy Smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes

AP  |  Vatican City 

Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes.

The announced today that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop and supermarket giving up an estimated 10 million euros (USD 11 million) a year in profits.


The 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 Organization data finding that smoking is the cause of more than 7 million deaths annually around the globe.

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

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 19:22 IST
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