A number of new smoking bans took effect on December 25 in the central Asian country of Turkmenistan, home to just over five million residents, including a stipulation that makes giving tobacco products as a gift a crime.

The law prohibits smoking in both public and private businesses, institutions, organizations, restaurants, shops, cultural centers, and parks. In addition, it bans all forms of tobacco advertising across all forms of media and even in retail tobacco shop, according to Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty.

In addition to the new restrictions on tobacco, the law establishes medical care for those seeking treatment from tobacco related illnesses.


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Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.