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.

No booze for football fans

Fontvieille, Condamine and Port Hercule will become dry for a few hours in the afternoon of Friday 29 August. This is because Stade Louis II will be hosting the annual UEFA Super Cup football match between Manchester United and Zenit Saint Petersburg. The ban on alcohol sales lasts from 14.30 to 20.45, so you'll be able to have a glass of wine with your dinner after the kick off.

Smoke gets in their eyes

Local newspaper, Monaco Matin, reports today that several Monaco trade unions are hoping to turn casinos into no smoking areas.

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