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.
More than 19 million people in the U.S. aged 12 and older reported using marijuana in 2012. If recreational marijuana is ever legalized beyond the four states where it's currently permitted, the tobacco companies will be perfectly positioned to capture this vast market.
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.
Two private companies were fined some $7,000 each last week.
Business owners suggested creating spaces exclusively for smokers.
The British American Tobacco Company says new anti-smoking regulations go too far.
The Restaurant Chamber filed an injunction against the law, saying that it violates the rights of free trade.
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