These are values we tried to keep in mind as we reported and wrote a special Business Focus, starting on page 8, involving health care. But health-care prevention is easier said than done.

People just need to dart into one of Kyiv’s smoky bars to know that there’s too much drinking and smoking going on. It’s easy enough to choose not to drink, but when one cigarette is lit in the room, everybody – including non-smokers – is forced to inhale.

This is why the nation needs to adopt 100 percent smoke-free laws at all public places – including restaurants, bars and workplaces. The medical evidence is clear: There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and more than 600,000 people in the world die prematurely from diseases related to inhaling second-hand smoke.

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