Going back to 1863, the Vatican has enjoyed a monopoly on the sale of tobacco, but that will all end in 2018 as Pope Francis, who only has one lung, has banned the sale of tobacco as of January 1st.

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In a simple statement issued by Vatican spokesmen, part of the text was: "The Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people." The statement admitted that the tax-free sale of tobacco has been a money maker amounting to millions of Euros per year but nonetheless "no profit can be legitimate if it puts lives at risk."

The wording of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has a fine point in that the "abuse" of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine is forbidden, but not its "use".

Pope Francis himself is not a smoker, but had one of his lungs removed as a teen after an infection. Various prior Popes throughout history have used tobacco.

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