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As she signs smoking ban bill into law, CFK reveals past miscarriage

President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner.

As she signed the smoking ban bill into law, President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner recalled that after suffering a miscarriage back in 1984 she could not get pregnant for several years, until she stopped smoking in 1988, which helped her conceive her daughter Florencia.

The Head of State revealed that she lost a baby boy after a miscarriage, six months into the pregnancy, back in 1984. 

The President had already mentioned it in a few past interviews but this was the first time she openly spoke about it in public.

“I have to admit that while I was pregnant with Máximo, my first son, I never touched a cigarette. I was very disciplined in that way ever since I found out I was pregnant. And I never smoked again until he was born,” she said during a ceremony in the Government House. 

She continued by explaining that back then “neonatology medicine wasn’t as advanced as it is now. Back then, science wasn’t cutting edge and I lost a baby boy.”

“For five years I tried to get pregnant again to no avail. I stopped smoking on December 31st, 1988 and by November 1989 I became pregnant with Florencia. I’m not sure it was related, but I believe it probably was,” she said while trying to explain the benefits of quitting cigarettes. 

She praised the passing of the smoking ban bill which, among other things, completely bans smoking in public venues and in the workplace. “We have to respect other people’s decisions and not involve them in ours, which can be damaging to ourselves and others.”

“This law respects everyone. People no longer have the right to smoke in a closed environment. It brings us a little bit further on the path to become a healthier country, a better country,” she assured. 

On June the 1st, the Lower House unanimously passed a smoking ban bill looking to regulate cigarette sales and advertisement all over the country, and completely bans smoking in public areas or the workplace.

Smokers who fail to comply with the new law will be forced to pay fines that may range from the price of 250 packages to the price of a million.

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