Turkmenistan vows to end smoking within 2 years

TURKMENISTAN’S authoritarian leader launched an “unprecedented” anti-smoking crusade today, ordering the Central Asia country to rid itself completely of tobacco within two years.  

President Serdar Berdymukhamedov said the “uncompromising” struggle against smoking would include a crackdown on “illegal importations of tobacco products and their sales, including shisha pipes and electronic cigarettes”, state media reported.