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More smokers lighting up at work

Matthew Warren · 30 Jan 2012, 08:34

Published: 30 Jan 2012 08:34 GMT+01:00

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Five years after France introduced a smoking ban in public places, a new report says more people are flouting the rules, particularly at work.

Rules introduced five years ago banned smoking in all public places, including restaurants, cafés and the workplace.

Yet the survey conducted for anti-smoking group Droits des Non-Fumeurs (Non-Smokers Rights) found that 64 percent of those questioned said they had seen people smoking in places where it is banned.

A big jump was recorded in incidents of people smoking at work. 

In 2008, a similar survey found that just eight percent of people had been exposed to cigarette smoke at work. By 2009 this had risen to 21 percent.

The most recent survey, conducted in December, found that 36 percent of those questioned had been in the presence of people smoking while at work.

A third of people also said they'd been exposed to smoke in cafés and restaurants.

The organisation is calling for an increase in the number of inspections to stamp out the rise.

A report in June from two public health bodies said that the number of daily smokers has risen again in the last five years.

The report found that the proportion of daily smokers went up from 28 percent in 2005 to 30 percent in 2010, with women showing the highest rise. 

Figures released earlier in January suggested that recent stiff price rises might be starting to have some impact, with a 5 percent drop in the number of cigarettes sold in the final quarter of 2011. 

The drop coincided with price rises that have put a packet of cigarettes above the €6 level.

Health experts say it is too early to say whether the drop in smoking is permanent or just a temporary drop in sales, which often happens after a price rise.




Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-02-11 21:42:10 by Michael J. McFadden
It is encouraging to see that the French are willing to stand up against unreasonable authority. I never understood how they allowed the American antismoking craziness to invade France. I think of all the countries in Europe I would have expected France to stay the most independent on this! French smokers should also question these "price rises." How much would a pack of cigarettes cost if it was taxed the same as everything else? Probably about one-quarter of what it is with the special taxes on it. Do not accept the argument that the taxes are needed for health care: they are not. The same arguments that the Antismokers use about smokers getting sick and costing more are also used to predict that those same smokers will die younger and save enormous old-age health care expenses. Michael J. McFadden Author of "Dissecting Antismokers' Brains"
2012-02-02 01:50:08 by willowsdad
Vive la France! When will the prohibitionists learn that their tactics jsut make their targets more attractive?
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