BEIRUT: The final stage of the smoking ban is to be implemented next week, which will mean no more lighting up in the indoor sections of bars, cafes, nightclubs or restaurants across Lebanon. It has been met with skepticism and derision by many, but the authors of the law, and those responsible for implementing it, insist it will be successful. The first stage of the law, introduced last September, saw smoking banned, in theory, in all public buildings – hospitals, government buildings, malls, the airport and public transport. Then in March came a ban on all advertising, or sponsorship, of cigarettes and tobacco-related products. [Link]