SOUTH Korea has announced that its half of the 2002 World Cup finals will be free from "tobacco sales, consumption, promotion and sponsorship." The tough line on smoking in and around matches has been welcomed by both the World Health Organisation and EU health Commissioner David Byrne, who said: "This decision clearly puts tobacco products offside the World Cup." South Korea's decision was confirmed during the visit of foreign minister Han Seung-soo to the WHO. His country is sharing the event with Japan.

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