According to livedoor reports on November 28, the French government has announced a ban on smoking on beaches, parks, forests and around schools nationwide. "No-smoking areas will also become the new standard," Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau said.
Aurelien Rousseau revealed that France already has about 7,200 no-smoking areas, but most of these areas are set by various municipalities and the government has not intervened. At the same time, he pointed out that the government is promoting the transfer of responsibilities to the corresponding agencies and seeking to pre-determine the basic principles in conjunction with future legislation.
Minister Russo also mentioned that tobacco taxes will be raised in the near future. Currently, a pack of 20 cigarettes costs 11 euros (approximately 1,790 yen), but this price is expected to rise to 12 euros (approximately 1,950 yen) by 2025, and to 13 euros the following year. Euro (about 2110 yen).
Finally, Minister Russo revealed that the government is planning to ban the disposable e-cigarette called "Puff", which is extremely popular among young people.