Ivory Coast Bans Alcohol Sachets

Ivory Coast has banned the production and sale of alcohol in sachets, government spokesman Bruno Kone has said.

The popular sachets – containing rum, vodka or other spirits – are sold for prices ranging from 200 to 1,000 CFA francs ($0.40 to $2).

Mr Kone says the government has banned the sachets on public health grounds, to prevent alcoholism.

A tweet announcing the measure on RTI, the state broadcaster, was followed by several replies casting doubt on whether the ban will really be implemented.

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