Vatican Bans Sale of Cigarettes As All Hope For Return To Sanity Sanctity fades

Vatican Bans Sale of Cigarettes As All Hope For Return To Sanity Sanctity fades

The Director of the Holy See Press Office announced on November 9, 2017, that the Vatican City State is ending the sale of cigarettes.: “No profit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives.”

“Pope Francis,” explained Greg Burke, “has decided that the Vatican will cease to sell cigarettes to employees as of 2018”. 
The director of the Press Office explained the reasons for this decision: “The Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year.”

In 2002, the smallest State in the world promulgated a law banning smoking in public places and workplaces; however, cigarettes continued to be sold at almost half the price for which they were sold elsewhere in the Italian republic. Only the 4,000 Vatican City employees were allowed to buy cigarettes at the State store, the Annona.

No matter the loss of profit that will result from the Holy Father’s decision: “Although the sale of cigarettes has been a source of revenue for the Holy See, no profit can be legitimate if it is costing people their lives,” concluded Greg Burke.

With this decision, the Vatican is adopting the hygienism being promoted by world government organizations. Should we also expect them to forbid alcohol because it harms the digestive and cardio-vascular systems, butter and fatty foods because they are a source of cholesterol, and red meat because it can cause colorectal cancer? It might also be wise to forbid selling cars and motorcycles, because, according to the WHO, road accidents cause 1.25 million deaths every year.  Source   


One of these days, we’ll find the Vatican issuing a statement about the next world.  I’m convinced of it.  It’s got to come, surely?  So far, we’re hearing about the need to make this world a better place (environment), crime (capital punishment), the weather (climate change), our physical health (no smoking), and so I think I’m not scare-mongering when I say that, by the law of averages, at some point, some time soon, someone in the Vatican will, surely, mention God and/or the soul…   Who knows, maybe that “someone” will be Papa Francis!  Or, am I being an incorrigible optimist again?  

Comments (33)

  • Summa

    No fags in the Vatican? At Last.

    November 18, 2017 at 1:00 am
  • Athanasius

    Yet another strong indicator that we have a Pope led by the spirit of the world, entirely absorbed with earthly concerns.

    Does Pope Francis not know that Pope St. Pius X enjoyed a cigarette every day after his meal? To withdraw cigarette sales in this way is unjust. Smokers should be encouraged to quit the habit, not coerced into it. Professional bodies that deal with addiction are all agreed that addicts must personally decide to break their addiction, it is useless to attempt to force it.

    I’m a smoker, quite a heavy one, and it does trouble my conscience. However, when it comes right down to it I’d rather go to my judgment a smoker than an inter-religious ecumenist, the latter being a killer of souls!


    Loved your comment. Hilarious!

    November 18, 2017 at 1:25 am
    • Faith of Our Fathers

      What a Terrible person you must be O My God a Heavy Smoker. Does that mean your are overweight or does it mean that you smoke to many Fags . If its the latter you must surely know that your are contributing to Global Warming no matter how little it maybe. And don’t take my word just ask the experts like Al Gore and Leonardo da Vinci . O sorry it’s De – Caprio got them mixed up there . This though takes the Biscuit ( until their banned of course) . But where there’s smoke there’s fire well there used to be . Still you can just see all those new Bibles being printed with The Eleven Commandments Thou Shalt Not Smoke.Hollywood can make a new film once all the Deviants and Perverts come out of Rehab . The Financial and Commercial gains will far outweigh The Vaticans Majestic Stalls empty of Fags loss of revenue. Sure even God has after all got a sense of Humour and must be laughing his head off as he sits on the Clouds . Bless me Father for I have sinned last week I bought Ten Capstan .

      November 19, 2017 at 6:25 pm
      • editor


        You wouldn’t believe how THIN is Athanasius. Believe me. Seriously. And I mean thin from head to toe. In fact, barbers don’t charge him for cutting his hair – they charge him for searching for it!

        November 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Now Now if you do find any of his hair make it into a wig . Even a stranded one would be more Hair than I have . No grey ones though and none from his ears or nose I have enough of those myself.

        November 19, 2017 at 8:06 pm
      • Curious non-Catholic

        Are there any traditional latin masses held in the Renfrewshire/Glasgow area? Are these particular churches open during the day? Thanks very much.

        November 20, 2017 at 5:42 pm
      • editor

        Curious non-Catholic,

        There are traditional Masses in Glasgow – click here There are others, in the outskirts of the city, but for newcomers, I think always best to attend one of the SSPX chapels.

        I think the phone number given on the above link is now out of date, but we can give you all the information you need here, so worry not.

        The chapel is not open to the public during the day, but there are evening Masses – e.g. on Friday, 6.30pm (which some of us here attend as often as possible, so if you plan to go along, introduce yourself and ask for the Catholic Truth team. If we’re there, we’ll be delighted to meet you.)

        Let us know if you plan to attend, presumably out of curiosity – don’t knock it! – and if so, whether or not you will be driving, because there’s no on-street parking (it’s vouchers only) so wouldn’t want you getting a parking ticket, as I did on one of my first visits! One of my modernist priest friends said: “So, there is a God after all!” when he heard about it! Cheeky!

        November 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm
      • Curious non-Catholic

        Cheeky indeed! Thanks very much for the info.

        November 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm
      • editor


        As the old Scottish song says: yer no a man tae throw a word away…

        God bless!

        November 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm
      • Athanasius


        I like your sense of humour, but I do smoke too many cigarettes for my own good. That is actually sinful on my part, God help me. Still, it’s not for reasons of virtue that Pope Francis is banning the weed from Vatican City, it’s for worldly reasons you mention. That is very sad.

        Editor is right, I am thin, always have been, but what there is of me is pure muscle on bone trimmed of all fat! I am the same weight today as I was at age 16, and it’s not for want of chocolate which I have been known to consume at a rate of 12 bars a day. I also eat a full meal every day, primarily home cooked fillet steak or steak mince with the traditional tattie. And then there’s the doughnuts, but I’ll say no more!

        You know what they say: “you can’t fatten a thoroughbred”! Eat your hearts out all you bowling balls with feet! Only kidding!

        I’ve said it time and again, if you need to lose weight, eat meat. That’s what all the professional boxers live on, and I don’t mean the dog variety. It truly does keep you slim, although I don’t eat it all the time for that reason. I’m just a pure carnivore!

        November 20, 2017 at 12:14 am
  • Fidelis

    It’s totally mad, this preoccupation of the Pope with worldly things. As Athanasius says, it’s up to smokers to decide to quit or not, they can’t be forced. Same goes for drinkers.

    Is it a coincidence that the blogger-papolatrists have all but disappeared from this site in recent times, as if they know fine well they cannot defend the indefensible any longer?! They used to regularly come on and accuse us of all sorts, because they thought a pope could do no wrong. It’s something that they’ve given up bothering to even try to make excuses any more, LOL!

    November 18, 2017 at 10:37 am
  • Athanasius


    If only the Pope was as decisive and resolute in the matter of global abortion!

    November 18, 2017 at 11:49 am
    • Fidelis


      Exactly! He tells us not to obsess over abortion but he obsesses over smoking!

      November 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    • Lily

      “global abortion”…

      Hear hear!

      November 18, 2017 at 9:09 pm
  • Athanasius

    Absolutely! The priorities are all wrong.

    November 18, 2017 at 1:27 pm
  • Lily

    This is unbelievable! Does this pope sit around thinking up his next gimmick?

    I’ve never been a smoker but it annoyed me when the campaign to ban smoking in public places was going on, and I said then, and it’s coming true, that soon they’ll be moving to ban it in people’s homes. They’re already sending letters, some councils, to say nobody should smoke for a certain time before an official is due to visit, and they’re banning it in cars, now.

    Those who defend this on health grounds better be ready to defend the banning of other substances. Sugar is already on the cards. Talk about a nanny state, and now we have a nanny Vatican state!

    November 18, 2017 at 9:08 pm
  • Lily

    Forgot to say, I love the cartoons in the intro, LOL!

    November 18, 2017 at 9:10 pm
    • Margaret Mary


      I love the cartoons as well!

      Cigars aren’t being banned, oddly enough – I wonder why?

      November 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm
  • Lionel

    Frankly, do they have nothing else to do but deal with the sale of cigarettes? They follow the decadent, “ideologically correct” movement of civil society, which is essentially secular…
    They are fanatics who poison our lives with their dictatorship.
    It is time that all these people disappear and give way to reasonable persons!
    May they take care of the salvation of souls first and foremost, as it is their duty!

    November 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • Athanasius


    Well said!

    November 18, 2017 at 11:22 pm
  • Pat McKay

    I have this vision of a poster in the travel agents, that says….’Come visit the Vatican – where you can marry a fag, but you can’t smoke one’….

    November 19, 2017 at 8:58 am
    • Athanasius

      Pat McKay


      November 19, 2017 at 12:04 pm
  • editor

    Now, now, lads, I think that’s enough of those kind of jokes. Let’s not lower the tone of blog, just in case there are some readers who don’t know that it was commonplace (and still is, in some parts of Glasgow) to refer to real-life cigarettes as “fags”.

    We’ve been there, now, with that joke, done that, bought the T shirt, or should that be bought the lighter. So, let’s move on to some more in-depth theology…

    November 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm
  • RCAVictor


    How about this for more in-depth theology? In Italian, bassoons are called “fagotti.” Which reminds me of the American professor a few years ago who was fired for using the word “niggardly.” The PC dim bulbs in the administration of his university thought that was racist!

    November 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm
    • editor

      RCA Victor,

      Your comment made me laugh heartily and, for some reason, made me think of this….

      And this…

      Words really ARE fun – (as long as they’re good, clean words) – aren’t they?

      November 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm
      • RCAVictor


        Here’s a good way to distract the policeman who pulls you over for speeding: “What’s another word for ‘thesaurus’?”

        November 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Love it!

        Trouble is, these days they don’t pull us over – they catch us on film, so no scope for sweet-talking them out of giving us a ticket!

        November 19, 2017 at 10:50 pm
  • Lionel

    And it continues! every day, we have a surprise

    Victims of the road: Pope urges drivers to be cautious.
    He encourages institutions to engage in prevention:

    November 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm
    • editor


      It’s just astounding that this Pope doesn’t seem to realise what a fool he is making of himself, an expert at everything except Catholicism where he fails to grasp even the basics of the natural moral law: his “who am I to judge” gave that away, big time.

      November 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm
      • Lionel

        This is the problem I was thinking about.
        He mixes with everything except what he should!

        November 19, 2017 at 10:42 pm
      • editor


        Exactly so. It’s incredible.

        November 19, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    • Athanasius


      There goes my desire to break the land speed record wherever I go!

      November 20, 2017 at 12:17 am
  • RCAVictor

    Don’t worry, Pope Francis, I’ll be especially cautious when I’m driving around Rome, what with all those homosexuals, atheists, communists and Lutherans running amok….including the Lutheran sitting in the Chair of Peter….

    November 20, 2017 at 2:15 pm

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