Smoke shops strike
The week's news at a glance.
Tobacco vendors across France shut down for a day to protest this weeks rise in taxes on cigarettes. The price of a pack of cigarettes went from $4.60 to $5.40, as part of the governments unprecedented anti-smoking campaign. Cigarette-shop owners declared a day of mourning for what they said would be the death of their business. More than 90 percent of them closed their stores and draped them in black crepe. But the government was unmoved, saying it would raise taxes again next year. More than half of French adults smoke, and lung cancer is the countrys leading cause of death for people under 65.