A man smokes a cigarette at St Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 9, 2017 as Pope Francis has outlawed the sale of cigarettes at the Vatican in a bid to lead by example on healthy living. / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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The Vatican announced Thursday that it would no longer sell cigarettes to employees in its duty free shop and supermarket – giving up an estimated 10 million euros ($11 million) a year in profit.With Italy's VAT sales tax at 22 percent, anyone who can get their hands on a coveted Vatican "commercial card" does so since it gives them access to a world of high-end, tax-free shopping.With it, lucky cardholders can buy their weekly groceries at the Vatican supermarket, fill their tank at the Vatican gas station, get a prescription filled at the Vatican pharmacy, and do their Christmas shopping at the Vatican's department store – all duty free.
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