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The Good and the Bad

James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
"24", Jan/Feb 2006

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At least visitors can still smoke just about anywhere they please on the island. Antismoking regulations went into effect in Cuba last February and there was lots of talk of no smoking in public places in what is in effect a giant natural humidor for cigars. I was in Havana a few weeks later and noticed nonsmoking signs and nonsmoking areas. I was even asked to put out my cigar a few times in bars and restaurants. On my last trip in November, however, nobody seemed to care. The antismoking signs and attitudes were gone, although a few restaurants continued to have nonsmoking sections.

Just to cheer up the sub-director after my stupidity, I asked him if smoking was allowed in the factory considering the new antismoking regulations. He started laughing very loudly. "If you can't smoke here, then where can you smoke?" he said. With that, I continued to enjoy my perfectly rolled petit corona.


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