A man braves the cold and smokes his cigarette outside a restaurant. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The syndicate of restaurant owners said Saturday that Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk supported their demand to relax a 2012 smoking ban.Restaurant and pub owners have long fought against the law forbidding smoking inside enclosed spaces, complaining that it's bad for business.The bill, which is known as Law 174, went into effect in 2012 and prohibited smoking inside bars, restaurants and cafes.Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon responded by saying that 70 percent of restaurants abide by the law.
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