Effective in 2018, the Pope Francis's decree has stated that the Vatican will cease selling cigarettes within its borders in order to focus on promoting a more healthy lifestyle amongst members of the church.
In an official statement released on Nov. 9, the Vatican stated:
"The Holy Father has decided that the Vatican will cease to sell cigarettes to employees as of 2018. The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people. [...] Although the cigarettes sold to employees and pensioners in the Vatican at a reduced price are a source of revenue for the Holy See, no profit can be legitimate if it puts lives at risk."
The statement also made mention of the fact that according to the World Health Organization, cigarettes claim the lives of over 7 Million people per year. Cigarettes will now have to be purchased outside the small state's walls, and without a discount that was previously given to its employees.
What do you think? Is the Pope right to forbid the sale of cigarettes within the Vatican's own borders? Or should its employees be allowed to choose for themselves?