The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis is banning the sale of cigarettes–but not cigars–at the Vatican, starting at the first of the year.
The announcment was made in a statement put out by Vatican spokesman Greg Burke. As reported by Vatican Radio, Burke’s statement said that the Holy See “cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people.”
The Vatican has been making money from the sale of cigarettes, according to Burke’s statement.
“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 said.
Vatican Radio reported: “He added that the sale of large cigars would continue for the time being because the smoke is not inhaled.”