Need ammunition to deal with employees who still gripe about your smoking ban? Look
no further than the Vatican.
The Reuters news agency reports that a law approved by Pope John Paul and made
public on Thursday will ban smoking in nearly all closed spaces inside the 108-acre
city-state as of July 1.
It will be up to the Vatican's tiny police force to carry out enforcement.
Violators, including cardinals and archbishops whom the policemen usually greet
with a military salute, can be slapped with a fine of 30 euros, which lately
converts to $30.
Under the law, "No Smoking" signs must be placed around the Vatican.
Since the official language of the Church is Latin, it is not clear if some
signs will be in Latin, Reuters reports.
If so, they would read "Vetatur Fumare" (No Smoking) or "Prohibetur
Uti Fumo" (the use of smoke is prohibited), speculates Father Reginald
Foster, a Latin scholar who translated the Vatican's cash point machines from
Italian into the language of ancient Rome.
Because the Pope is the Vatican's supreme monarch, he could - in theory - violate
the new law at will, according to Reuters. But he doesn't smoke.
Source: Reuters, via Yahoo!