Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of tobacco in Vatican City on the grounds that no benefit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives.
The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, confirmed that the pope has decided that the Vatican stop selling cigarettes to its employees after 2018 for the simple reason that “the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people.”
The Vatican recalls that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) , tobacco causes more than seven million deaths a year worldwide.
Until now, employees and pensioners of the Vatican could buy cigarettes at a discount in the supermarket located in the Papal State, which was a source of income for the Holy See. “However, no benefit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives,” is the thinking of the Argentine pontiff as explained from the press office.