The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, on Tuesday endorsed an initiative to ban the use of vaping devices in Costa Rica's public spaces.
The Ministry of Health has recommended Costa Ricans against using electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices.
The decline in smokers may help Costa Rica reduce the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Some 9 percent of Costa Rica’s population smokes on a daily basis, the survey found, or some 300,000 people.
The Costa Rican Social Security System, or Caja, plans to open smoking cessation clinics in hospitals countrywide to help folks kick the habit.
Costa Rica’s Social Security System, or the Caja, wants to reduce the number of people who smoke, as well as the high costs public hospitals incur in treating patients with tobacco-related illness.
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