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02 June, 2004 - Published 14:11 GMT
Norway’s smokers out in the cold
Norway is the latest country to ban smoking from all indoor public places. Outdoor smoking is still allowed, but on the Arctic island of Svalbard in the very far north of Norway, the even summer temperatures rarely rise above freezing. From there, Lars Bevanger reports.
Before they open a pub on the North Pole, this is the northernmost place in the world to enjoy a beer and a cigarette. But now the smokers of Svalbard will have to indulge at home or brave sub-zero temperatures and possible polar-bear attacks when going outside the pub for a nicotine rush.
The smoking ban exists to protect people at work, and the bars up here are no exception. It is summer here but, being only some one-thousand kilometres south of the North Pole, this place remains freezing. To add insult to injury, this whole island is a duty-free zone and cigarettes cost a fraction of the heavily-taxed tobacco in the rest of Norway. But come the Scandinavian winter, all of Norway's smokers will face the same dilemma: break the law, freeze your fingers off, or simply quit.
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