Tobacco: France carries out a step towards a free-tobacco region

On Thursday 25th September, Marisol Touraine, the French Minister in charge of Social Affairs and Health, presented the National Programme on the fight against tobacco. The aims: to protect youth to start smoking; to help smokers to quit and to act on the tobacco economy.

The program includes very strong measures:

  • Plain packaging: France will adopt the plain cigarette packaging also known as generic. All packs will be similar with the same form, the same size, the same color and the same typography. Australia is the only country where such a measure exists. England and Ireland have recently expressed their intention to adopt such a similar legislation.
  • Ban on smoking to protect children: The plan includes a ban on smoking in children's play areas in public parks and in cars carrying children under 12.
  • E-cigarette is not a product like another one: advertising of e-cigarettes will be restricted before being banned in May 2016, except at the point of sale and in trade publications. E-cigarettes will also be banned in some public spaces such as schools, public transports and working environments.
  • Public finances to help individuals stop smoking will be increased from €50 to €150 and extended to those from 20 to 30 years-old.

Mrs Touraine said there are 13 million smokers in France - which has a population of around 66 million - and the "number of smokers is growing, especially among young people. We can't accept that tobacco kills 73,000 people every year in our country - the equivalent of a plane crash every day with 200 people on board," she added.

EuroHealthNet’s French Member - the «Institut National de Prévention et d'Education pour la santé (INPES)» is responsible for the Government communication campaign and reminds the truth: tobacco kills one smoker on two!

  • To access the National Programme on the fight against tobacco, click here (in French).
  • For more information, contact INPES' Head of International Relations  Jennifer Davies or EuroHealthnet’s Communications Coordinator Ariane Moret
  • For more information on INPES communication campaign against tobacco, click here
  • For more information on INPES, click here