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Turkmenistan: the health-obsessed country where nobody smokes

The former Soviet republic tops the world’s non-smoking league with fewer than one in 12 people still using tobacco

Agence France-Presse

The health-obsessed former Soviet republic Turkmenistan is the country with the world’s lowest proportion of smokers, the World Health Organisation’s director general, Margaret Chan, said during a visit to the isolated nation on Tuesday.

“Recently a WHO overview showed that in Turkmenistan only 8% of the population smokes,” Chan told the country’s authoritarian president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, at a health forum in the capital, Ashgabat.

“This is the lowest national indicator in the world. I congratulate you on this achievement.”

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