Smoky Hospitals, Smoky Schools

PATRICK ALLARD/REA

TARGETING TEENS: Activists deplore it, but children from Denmark to Serbia are lighting up in alarming numbers

The No Smoking sign in the waiting room of Vracar Municipality Health Center in downtown Belgrade is covered with a thin yellowish crust — a residue of the thousands of cigarettes smoked right under it. Out of some 20 people waiting to see a doctor on a winter's afternoon, almost half hold cigarettes in their hands, creating a heavy bluish cloud that hangs below the ceiling. People light up with impunity in the cardiopulmonary clinic, and even doctors and nurses can often be seen dragging on butts as they walk by. "In Serbia, everybody smokes," says Milan Stojanovic, 35, puffing away...

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