Chile anti-smoking bill has tobacco industry on edge

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SANTIAGO: A tough anti-smoking bill is trying to get nicotine-hooked Chile to kick the habit, but has provoked a backlash from the powerful tobacco industry. The bill would force cigarette makers to use identical packaging covered in chilling anti-smoking ads, limit smoking at beaches and parks to small, designated areas and — most infuriatingly for the tobacco industry — ban menthol cigarettes, the flavor of choice for 40 percent of Chilean smokers. Chile already banned smoking in restaurants, bars, cinemas and the like in 2013. The new legislation — which has passed the Chilean Senate and is currently before the lower house — seeks to tighten the rules.

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