Tobacco firms under fire again in Norway

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OSLO -- Norway's Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed it will present a proposal to the government suggesting that non-smokers be rewarded with an extra weeks' vacation each year.

The proposal forms part of the MoH's ongoing anti-smoking program. Norway already bans tobacco advertising on radio, television and in the print media. Smoking is also banned in the workplace.

"I think the proposal is in the right direction. I believe that a viable way to encourage healthier lifestyles would be to reward non-smokers, who, research shows, are more productive than persons who are addicted to nicotine," says Hans Petter Aarseth, president of the Norwegian Medical Association.

The MoH is hoping the government will begin a parliamentary debate on the issue in the fall.

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