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On August 17th, 2011, the smoking ban, also called Law 174, was passed by the Lebanese Parliament. It dictates that “smoking, lighting a tobacco product or using such a product is prohibited in all enclosed public places, workplaces and means of public transportation.” This includes restaurants, coffee shops, bars, nightclubs, and any other tourism or entertainment place. After months of tensions between F&B owners and the Lebanese authorities, the law took effect one year later and the ban was implemented all over the country, on September 3rd, 2012.