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Syrians Are Celebrating Being Able To Smoke Again After ISIS Leaves Town

Reminder: Smoking is still bad for you.

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Last week, Kurdish forces managed to seize control of the Syrian border town of Tal Abayd from ISIS.

Lefteris Pitarakis / AP

As part of their governing strategy, ISIS bans things they deem illicit, including the smoking of cigarettes. Smugglers risk life and limb to bring them into ISIS-controlled territory to meet the demand of the country's nicotine fiends.

This short video posted on YouTube on Saturday purportedly shows men from Tal Abyad overjoyed at being able to get their nicotine fix openly again now that ISIS is cleared out.

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