Cigarettes (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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Turkmenistan's authorities have forced shops to stop selling cigarettes, traders in Ashgabat said Thursday, after its president urged citizens to kick the habit.Turkmenistan is now the country with the lowest percentage of smokers in the world, according to the World Health Organization.Only eight percent of the population in Turkmenistan smokes, WHO chief Margaret Chan said last year, calling it "the lowest national indicator in the world". These measures had already made cigarettes in Turkmenistan more expensive than in any other country in the ex-Soviet region.
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