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Smokers threatened with jail

July 19, 2008

Smokers in the desert state of Niger who break newly enforced anti-smoking laws by lighting up in public or at work, face punishments of up to three months in prison, the government said on Friday.

Smugglers, bandits and rebels in Niger profit from the illegal trans-Saharan cigarette trade — estimated by analysts to be worth $1 billion a year — criss-crossing the impoverished West African state’s lawless north.

Punishments for breaking the newly-enacted law will range from a $12 fine to three months in prison, a government source said.

Niger – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia? While most of what is now Niger has been subsumed into the inhospitable Sahara desert in the last two thousand years, five thousand years ago the north of …

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