Holy Smoke! Vatican to Stop Selling Cigarettes

The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop and supermarket - giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profits.

Posted: Nov. 9, 2017 3:25 PM

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes.

The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop and supermarket - giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profits.

The Vatican said Francis took the decision because "the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people." A statement cited World Health Organization data finding that smoking is the cause of more than 7 million deaths annually around the globe.

A 2015 book based on leaked Vatican documents, "Avarice," reported that cigarette sales bring in an estimated 10 million euros a year to the Vatican City State and are the second-most important source of income after tax-free gas sales.

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11/9/2017 3:54:03 AM (GMT -8:00)

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