France Announces Nationwide Smoking Ban in Public Areas

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France Announces Nationwide Smoking Ban in Public Areas
France has announced a nationwide smoking ban in beaches, parks, forests, and school premises, according to Livedoor news.

According to a report from livedoor on November 28th, the French government has declared a nationwide ban on smoking at beaches, parks, forests, and areas surrounding schools. The Minister of Health, Aurelien Rousseau, stated that these designated non-smoking areas will also become the new norm.


Aurelien Rousseau revealed that France has currently set up approximately 7200 smoke-free zones. However, these areas are mostly designated by local authorities, with no intervention from the government. Meanwhile, he pointed out that the government is pushing for the responsibility to be transferred to the respective organizations and is seeking to establish basic principles prior to future legislation.


Minister Rousseau also mentioned that tobacco taxes will be increased in the near future. Currently, a pack of 20 cigarettes costs 11 euros (approximately 1,790 yen), but it is projected that by 2025, this price will rise to 12 euros (approximately 1,950 yen) and further increase to 13 euros (approximately 2,110 yen) within the next year.


Finally, Minister Russo revealed that the government is considering a ban on a disposable e-cigarette known as "Puff", which has gained immense popularity among the youth.


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