Peddling cessation

    The children of parents who have made written promises to quit smoking have received bicycles as part of a campaign carried out by the municipality in Turkey’s southern province of Kilis, according to a Hurriyet Daily News story.
    Nine thousand five hundred bicycles had been distributed so far and a further 5,500 were due to be distributed, Mayor Hasan Kara said during a ceremony on December 24.
    In addressing a group of children, however, he laid down three conditions that had to be met before they could enjoy the official largess.
    The first condition involved making mothers, fathers, grandmothers or grandfathers quit smoking, while the other two involved school performances.
    The mayor advised the children to use bicycle lanes in the city and said he hoped they would enjoy the upcoming winter break.