State media KCNA reported that the Supreme People’s Council of North Korea has issued a ban on smoking in some public places to provide people with a “hygienic living environment”.
The tobacco ban law aims to protect the lives and health of the North Korean people by tightening legal and social controls on the production and sale of cigarettes, KCNA said Thursday. the legislator said.
The law stipulates smoking bans in specific locations, such as political and ideological education centers, theaters and movie theaters and public health and health facilities, KCNA said.
North Korea has a high smoking rate, with 43.9% of men smoking in 2013, according to the World Health Organization.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is known to be a smoker who is frequently seen with a cigarette in his hand in photos in state media.
Kim was found quitting smoking at a train station in southern China’s Nanning city in 2019 on his way to Hanoi to attend a second summit with US President Donald Trump.