Topic: Smoking Ban
A ban on outdoor gas heaters from Parisian cafés doesn't look like it will be implemented anytime soon.
This Week in Bans
Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.
The Big Fix
Declaring public space smoke-free is becoming exponentially more common. Enforcing it is not.
Rising cigarette sales used to be a sign that poor countries were growing. Now declining rates seem to be the marker of prosperity.