Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 02 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Nicholas Charnetsky
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

No more holy smokes: Pope nixes cigarette sales at Vatican


Kathleen N. Hattrup - published on 11/09/17

"The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people"

Need an idea for Lenten almsgiving?

Help us spread faith on the internet. Would you consider donating just $10, so we can continue creating free, uplifting content?

Make a Lenten donation here

The Vatican will no longer have cigarettes for sale, the director of the Holy See’s press office said today.

Greg Burke announced that Pope Francis “has decided that the Vatican will cease to sell cigarettes to employees as of 2018.”

“The reason,” he said, “is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people. According to the World Health Organization, every year smoking is the cause of more than seven million deaths throughout the world.”

Burke said that although the sale of cigarettes is a source of revenue, “no profit can be legitimate if it puts lives at risk.”

Health and WellnessPope Francis
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.