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Beer-loving Czechs Approve Smoking Ban in Pubs, Restaurants

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The Czech lower house of parliament on Friday approved a ban on smoking in restaurants, bars and pubs, overcoming years of wrangling and bringing the country in line with most others in the European Union. "This brings the Czech Republic [in line with] civilized countries that care for the health of their citizens," Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka said. Parliament's upper house must sign off on the legislation but the lower house vote showed there was enough support to...

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