In this photo taken with a slow shutter speed, Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Holy smoke! Vatican to stop selling cigarettes

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is saying "Just Say No" to cigarettes.

The Vatican announced Thursday (Nov. 9) that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty-free shop and supermarket — giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profits.

The Vatican said Francis took the decision because "the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people." A statement cited World Health Organization data finding that smoking is the cause of more than 7 million deaths annually around the globe.

A 2015 book based on leaked Vatican documents, "Avarice," reported that cigarette sales bring in an estimated 10 million euros a year to the Vatican City State and are the second-most-important source of income after tax-free gas sales.


  1. Wow…I am somewhat taken aback here, given that it never occurred to me that the Vatican sold cigarettes…Do they sell alcohol too, other than Communion wine? Wow…??

  2. Condoms = Sin
    Cigarettes != Sin
    Pedastery = Sin [wink, wink, nudge, nudge]

    Religion can get confusing.

  3. Yes, the Vatican duty-free shop sells alcohol. Why wouldn’t they? It is permitted in Catholicism.

  4. This story made national news last night on TV in USA!
    Another pro-life action by The VATICAN!
    Pay it forward…live longer, don’t smoke.

  5. Yeah all the businesses making money that harms people health usually come out with that line once they have finished making enough money – too late, the damage is done and has been done.

    God the all knowing, all seeing god said “smoke for your throats sake” and Jo Smith and the mormons say “no coloured folks allowed in priesthood etc etc etc.” …wow God is just the best kind of ‘guy’ ?

  6. Religion is a vital part of life and life can be very confusing at times, Jim.
    Pedophilia is a serious sin in deed.
    This pastoral pope isn’t part of a Wall Street profits mentality; a person’s life is more important than profits from the sale of cigarettes.
    Drug free and happy is a great combination.

  7. Good on the Pope for banning the sale of cigarettes in its duty-free shop! This is a valuable public health initiative.

    It is even more impressive that the Pope was prepared to give up so much revenue to do it.

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