AFGHANISTAN may be the world's largest producer of heroin, but the government's latest health initiative is to ban smoking in public places.
Local media reported yesterday that the country's council of ministers had ordered a campaign through the media and mosques to inform the public that smoking in educational institutions, hospitals and government offices has been outlawed.
The ban will be widened later to cover hotels and restaurants.
The reports did not say how the government would monitor the ban or what penalties there might be for violators...
A set of rules released by the Taleban movement late last year also outlawed smoking by their fighters.
The smoking habit is commonly disliked by many groups within radical Islam.
The war-torn country produces more than 90 per cent of the world's heroin.
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