For such a well-known tobacco producing country such as Cuba, the idea of anti-tobacco legislation may seem counter intuitive, but that’s exactly what the island nation has in its sights.
Numerous media outlets, including the Havana Times, report that authorities in the country of just over 11 million people are looking at strengthening anti-smoking regulations.
Since 2005, the country has prohibited smoking is enclosed public spaces, public transportation, educational, health and sporting institutions, though enforcement has been lax since its passage. Despite those rules, estimates suggest that approximately 50% of the population is exposed to second-hand smoke.
The Havana Times reports that the current legislation will “include restrictions on the promotion and sponsoring of tobacco products in the country, prohibit their sale at health, educational and sporting institutions and the sale of single units or packages with less than 20 cigarettes,” as well as raising the prices of tobacco products.
Cigarettes will also be required to include graphic warning labels if the legislation passes.