WORLD CUP FRONT: No smoking, pretty please

German World Cup organizers prefer that fans didn't smoke, but they're not going to get vigilant about it.

Spectators will be encouraged not to smoke in stadiums with ''No smoking, please'' signs, anti-smoking ads on the big screens and PA announcements.

Security personnel, however, will not enforce a smoking ban.

While many European nations have implemented smoking bans - Britain recently banned smoking in bars, restaurants and other public indoor spaces - the German government's anti-smoking efforts have been limited to educational campaigns asking smokers to voluntarily refrain.

German Hotel and Restaurant Association has said its members plan on creating non-smoking areas by 2008.

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