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Hundreds took to the streets on Sunday to express their stand against smoking. The participants in the walk say that, people have to stop smoking in order to reduce the impact of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

The participants walked about four kilometres from the Instituto Costarricense de Alcoholismo y Famacodependencia (IAFA), in Montes de Oca (San Pedro) to Avenida 4 in downtown San José, stopping in front of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS).

Participaing were former smokers and children from the CEN-CINAI, all carrying banners and placards.

The CCSS allocates some ¢90 billion colones annually to care of patients with illnesses related to smoking.