I received a link to an editorial from Peter Kharma. It was published over a month ago but it had a very condescending tone towards Lebanon. As Peter mentioned in his email, “it’s not about Beirut, but Lebanon as a whole”. The articles title? If Lebanon can enforce a smoking ban, why not Luxembourg?

A smoking ban in all closed public spaces, including coffee shops, restaurants and bars, went into force in Lebanon on Monday [September 3] under new legislation that promises hefty fines for lawbreakers. This overtakes Luxembourg, still in smoking-ban decision quandary that  seems to goes on and on.

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Luxembourg now not only seriously lags behind many other European countries where smoking bans are in force, it seems that even some middle-east countries are overtaking the Grand Duchy!

A little patronizing don’t you think?

Smoking Ban: If Lebanon Can Do It, Why Can't Luxembourg

Smoking Ban: If Lebanon Can Do It, Why Can’t Luxembourg
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