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09.04.2019 Ethiopia

Ethiopia bans alcohol advertisements in health push

By AFP
The Ethiopian government has banned commericials, lottery prizes and billboards promoting alcohol.  By FRED TANNEAU (AFP/File)
APR 9, 2019 ETHIOPIA
The Ethiopian government has banned commericials, lottery prizes and billboards promoting alcohol. By FRED TANNEAU (AFP/File)

Ethiopia's health ministry announced Tuesday it was banning all advertising of alcoholic drinks, the latest in a series of moves to promote healthy living.

The ban comes after government forbade smoking near public institutions and introduced a car-free day in major Ethiopian cities one Sunday a month.

"In addition to banning alcoholic drinks commercials, lottery prizes connected with alcoholic drinks and billboards promoting alcoholic drinks are prohibited under the new proclamation," Health Minister Amir Aman told state media outlets.

In February government banned smoking near government institutions, medical facilities and entertainment spots, and banned the sale of alcohol to people under 21 years of age.

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