Dutch prosecutors have rejected calls to open a criminal investigation into four major tobacco companies on charges of attempted murder for selling cigarettes.
French authorities are hoping to continue the downward trend with an ambitious strategy against tobacco use. Even Parisians have started to kick the habit, according to the Health Ministry.
The UN's public health agency on World No Tobacco Day called on countries to do more to reduce tobacco use. Many in China and India, home to 38 percent of the world's smokers, aren't even aware of its fatal effects.
Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders is appealing a conviction for encouraging discrimination against Moroccans. The staunch Islam critic claims that prosecutors are taking away his right to free speech.
Friedhelm Adolfs became the unlikely face of renters' rights for his protracted legal battle with his landlady. Adolfs refused to leave the apartment he had lived (and smoked) in for four decades.
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