France launches national tobacco control plan to welcome "smoke-free generation"

France launches national tobacco control plan to welcome "smoke-free generation"

According to a report by Agence France-Presse on November 28, the French government launched a new smoking control plan on the 28th in order to "meet the challenge of getting the next generation off tobacco."

French Health Minister Aurelian Rousseau said that this national tobacco control plan from 2023 to 2027 mainly relies on "strengthening taxation and establishing no-smoking areas." The goals are primarily to prevent exposure to tobacco, especially among younger people, and to help smokers quit.

According to the report, the main measures include making cigarette prices so high that people no longer want to buy them. Russo emphasized: "Price increases are very effective. This is a global scientific consensus." The price of many brands of cigarettes has now reached 11 euros per pack (20 cigarettes). The minimum price of cigarettes will be increased to 12 euros in 2025 and further increased to 13 euros in 2027.

Russo said that the establishment of no-smoking areas through the placement of signs will be extended to all beaches, parks, forests, schools and other public places, and those who violate the regulations may be "fined."

Daniele Nizry, president of France's National Union Against Cancer, praised the decision: "There is an urgent need for large-scale action to popularize the smoking ban in public places, especially around schools and parks frequented by children."

The French government said that the decree to increase cigarette prices and establish no-smoking areas will be introduced in the "first quarter of 2024". Russo also said that "as promised by the Prime Minister (Elizabeth Bornet)", the sale of disposable e-cigarette products popular with young people will be banned because of the damage they cause to public health and the environment.

According to reports, disposable e-cigarettes cater to the tastes of young people, come in sweet or fruity flavors, come in brightly colored packaging and are cheap. This product is concerning because it opens the door for teenagers to join the smoking genus.
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