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World Cup attacked for failing to ban smoking

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7554.1351-a (Published 08 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1351
  1. Katy Duke
  1. Berlin

    Organisers of this year's World Cup have come under fire for backing down on an apparent pledge to ban smoking at the event, which starts this week in Germany.


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    Fans will be allowed to smoke in the Berlin stadium (above), where the tournament's final takes place, despite an agreement between WHO and FIFA which says that “tobacco and sports do not mix”

    Credit: DAN SPARHAM/REX

    Smoking was banned in the stadiums at the last World Cup in Japan and South Korea, and is expected to be similarly banned at the 2010 tournament in South …

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