Published:  12:13 AM, 15 November 2017

Pope bans sale of cigarettes in Vatican

The Pope has banned cigarette sales in the Vatican for one "very simple reason" but cigars seem to be okay, it has been revealed.

Greg Burke, director of the Holy See press office, stated that health is the highest concern for the new move. He said, "The reason is very simple: The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people."

The sales of cigarettes in the Vatican will come to an end next year the sales of larger cigars were not mentioned in the statement by Burke. The director cited statistics from the World Health Organisation that state smoking causes more than seven million deaths annually.

Those who work in the Vatican typically receive a "commercial card" that entitles them to a wealth of duty-free goods with cigarettes being one of the most popular.

-AP, Milan

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