Lebanese urged not to Kiss because of ‘not yet hit’ Swine flu


An unintended grin arose when I saw Lebanon in Reuters|Oddly Enough. I believe prevention is better than cure, but this is absurd.

swine_flu_lebanonBEYROUTH (Reuters) – Swine flu has not yet hit Lebanon but is threatening a national custom.

Lebanese should stop greeting each other with kisses to the cheek (!), Health Minister Mohammad Khalifeh told a news conference on Tuesday called to explain measures to tackle the potential spread of the deadly strain.


If you visit someone, don’t exchange kisses… Let’s stop the social kissing habit,” Khalifeh said. Lebanese have long greeted each other with three kisses to the cheek.


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