Smoking ban comes into effect

There's only one day left before Monaco finally introduces a ban on smoking in enclosed public places. On Saturday 1 November, office workers will no longer have the pleasure of sitting at their desks while they enjoy a cigarette break.

Several hundred ashtrays are being installed on the streets in an effort to avoid the pavements becoming littered with the fag ends of employees. Workers will now have to go outside for a smoke.

In addition, a special unit has been set up at the Princess Grace Hospital to help smokers quit the habit once and for all.

If you just can't resist lighting up, then beware, smokers face a fine of 15 to 75 euros, whereas proprietors who defy the law can expect anything from 750 to a whopping 2250 euros.