N. Korea bans smoking in public places for health, cultural reasons

North Korea has decided to ban smoking in public places in order to protect “the lives and health of the people” and provide “more cultured and hygienic living environments,” state-run media reported Thursday.All eyes are now on whether North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, an avid smoker whose health has been subject to speculation in the past, will set an example for his country’s citizens following enactment of the “tobacco-prohibition law.”The law with 31 provisions was adopted at the plenary meeting of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, held on Wednesday, according to the official…

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