No more worker puffing in Europe?

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) -- Europeans may someday have to leave the workplace in order to light up.

European Union officials say they want to see a ban on smoking in all workplaces. EU officials are talking with unions and employers about the rule. But the EU says such a ban could be years away.

The EU says tobacco use jeopardizes the health and safety of workers. The European Commission says nearly 80,000 people in the EU die every year as a result of passive smoke.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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