North Korea Prohibits Smoking in Public Areas
To protect the health of North Koreans, the Supreme People’s Assembly in North Korea imposed a smoking ban on Wednesday.
According to the state media KCNA, a new law bans smoking in various public spaces and introduces stricter controls on the production and sale of cigarettes.
North Koreans are no longer allowed to smoke in individual buildings, such as political education centres, health care facilities, theatres and cinemas. Smoking is prevalent in North Korea.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly 44 percent of men smoked in 2013.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is known as a chain smoker. He is regularly in the picture with a cigarette in his hand.
On his way to his second meeting with US President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese city of Hanoi in 2019, he took a smoking break at the train station in the Chinese city of Nanning.