France to ban smoking on beaches and close to schools

28 November 2023
2023-11-28 19:42

The French government said on Tuesday it would ban smoking on all the country's beaches, in public parks and forests and near schools.

"From now on, no-smoking areas will be the norm," Health Minister said at a presentation of the government's anti-smoking program. He said there were already 7,200 tobacco-free areas in France but they had been mostly designated by local authorities.

Taxes on cigarettes will be hiked, currently at around 11 euros, rising to 12 euros by 2025 and 13 euros the following year. The government was also planning to ban single-use disposable e-cigarettes. The government aims to create "the first tobacco-free generation by 2032", as President Emmanuel Macron had promised.

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