Friday, August 7, 2009

Iraqi Parliament Is Debating A National Smoking Ban?

Is this a priority for the Iraqi Parliament? While the prospects of rebuilding the political structure of Iraq seems positive do they really need ban smoking now? Written in the Washington Post these reactions, while likely hyperbolic, do express a questioning of national priorities:
"'We have no electricity, no jobs, people still get killed,' said Waleed Habba, 49, as he bought a pack of cigarettes at a tobacco store in downtown Baghdad. 'We all have to deal with anger issues here. That's the reason people smoke here, to run away from that.'

'We want Saddam back,' said Ala al-Kanini, a patron at the store, referring to the late Iraqi leader. 'You could do anything during Saddam's time.'"

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