Holy Smoke! ... Vatican to stop selling cigarettes


November 10, 2017
Pope Francis

Vatican to stop selling cigarettes


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.