"Their situation is like a doctor who smokes and recommends to his patient to give up smoking while he, the doctor, has a cigarette in his mouth."
- BASHAR AL-ASSADSyria's president accusing other Arab nations of hypocrisy in a rare address Tuesday. Last month, Assad agreed to an Arab League plan to halt a government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters
"It's the world upside down: In other countries they look for the marijuana in the cigarette. Here they look for the cigarette in the marijuana."
- JASON DEN ENTING,manager of a coffee shop in the Netherlands that is about to ban smoking in bars and restaurants in compliance with EU law. The ban covers tobacco but not marijuana, which is sold in coffee shops
"They have made the mistake of letting the Marlboro Man into the country."
- DR. PRABHAT JHA,a tobacco-control expert, on cigarette advertising in Indonesia; anti-tobacco groups are protesting the ads, including a billboard for a Kelly Clarkson concert that is sponsored by an Indonesian cigarette brand
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