Holy Smoke! ... Vatican to stop selling cigarettes
Vatican to stop selling cigarettes
VATICAN CITY (AP):
Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes. The Vatican announced on Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty-free shop and supermarket giving up
an estimated US$11 million a year in profit.
Francis made the decision because "the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people", the Vatican said. A statement cited the World Health Organization, which says smoking causes more than seven
million deaths annually around the globe.
A 2015 book based on leaked Vatican documents, Avarice, reported that cigarette sales bring in an estimated US$11 million a year to the Vatican City State and are the second-most important source of income after tax-free gas sales. The book, however, also reported that the booming tobacco sales were an example of how the Vatican's tax-free commercial activities were being abused.