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Costa Rica moving toward a no-smoking law

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How's that for kind of a vague subject line that doesn't commit to anything definite? ;)

Costa Rica's congress has passed and the president is expected to sign a bill that would ban smoking in public places, including bars and restaurants. As is always the case in Costa Rica, the devil is in the details. What's not known at this point is when the law will take effect (likely later this year) and what the exact requirements will be. That will be for the Ministry of Health to determine as the government agency charged with enforcing such a law. There might also be a court challenge, although that's looking less likely than it did last week.

The law would also place restrictions on tobacco advertising -- there are still cigarette commercials on TV -- and would ban the sale of individual cigarettes.

Just a heads-up for anyone who is interested.

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