Iraqi Politicians Tackle Country’s Real Problems

05.12.11 Bucky Turco

Like smoking. Lawmakers in Iraq are proposing legislation that would overhaul the war-ravaged nation’s tobacco industry and basically make it a lot like New York City under Mayor Bloomberg. The New York Times summarizes some of the new changes being proposed that are sure to make life better for Iraqis.

On Sunday, they are set to consider a law that would ban smoking from schools, universities, government offices and a wide range of private businesses, including restaurants and cafes. Billboards advertising cigarettes, which wallpaper commercial districts of Baghdad, would be outlawed. And cigarette companies would be forced to print harsher warning labels.