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MOROCCO TO BAN PUBLIC SMOKING

Morocco is banning smoking in public places and tobacco advertising beginning February 1996.

Moroccans, who smoked more than 14.5 billion cigarettes in 1994, will no longer be allowed to light up in government offices, hospitals, schools and cinemas or on buses and trains, according to a law published in the official bulletin in August.Tobacco advertisements in the media, on billboards, cinemas, cultural centers and at sporting events will be banned.

The law, which was passed by parliament in June and takes effect next February, requires manufacturers to print a health warning and nicotine and tar levels on each cigarette packet.

The announcement said violations would be subject to fines that would be used toward scientific research.

The tobacco industry, a state monopoly, contributed 5.17 billion dirhams ($608 million) to the budget in 1994.