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Smoking in bars and cafes on the increase

Matthew Warren · 10 Apr 2012, 10:14

Published: 10 Apr 2012 10:14 GMT+02:00

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Five Parisian cafes will find out on Tuesday whether they broke the law by allowing smoking, as reports suggest the law is being broken more and more.

Non-smoking organisation Droit des Non-Fumeurs (DNF) brought the action against five establishments that let smokers puff away in covered terraces.

Terraces that are covered in plastic during the winter are a common sight in Paris and most bars allow smoking on them.

A smoking ban was introduced in cafes, bars and restaurants on January 1st 2008, yet more places appear to be ignoring the rules.

A cafe in central Paris was closed down for ten days two weeks ago after a surprise police check discovered patrons smoking and ashtrays on tables.

"The number of complaints we receive is colossal," said Gérard Audureau, president of DNF.

The five cafes to have been charged are all situated on major boulevards in Paris.

"Smoking is increasing indoors as a result of the tolerance shown on terraces," said Audureau.

"Bit by bit, customers go from the terrace inside the bar, cigarette on the go, and old habits come back with the agreement of cafe owners."

DNF has already said it will appeal any decision that lets the five cafes off the hook.

Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-04-12 05:31:55 by willowsdad
elainesaunt: come on, at least be honest. You don't like the idea that smokers aren't being punished by being exposed to the elements. See also Dr. Phiippe Even, noted pulmonologist of Institut Neckar: "On a cree une peur qui ne repose sur rien" in "Le Parisien."
2012-04-12 03:02:04 by Kin_Free
elainesaunt: The effects of second hand smoke should be well known by now - it is HARMLESS, possibly even beneficial to some, such as children (See Research; Boffetta et al 1998) Anyone claiming SHS harmful is either very gullible or more likely to be in the pay of some tobacco control organisation or pharmaceutical company. For more information about the SHS deception google ' fighting back.homestead ' and find out how and why the anti-tobacco movement has perverted the truth.
2012-04-11 06:36:31 by elainasaunt
willowsdad, the work of "antismoking fascists" is to save lives - the effects of secondhand smoke are by now well known. Covered terraces, unlike open ones, are nearly as bad as closed indoor spaces in that respect. Those of us who object to secondhand smoke have had to give up a key aspect of French café culture - the pleasure of sitting on the terrace. It's a small price to pay, however.
2012-04-11 02:16:51 by willowsdad
So it's not enough for these antismoking fascists to have the indoors, they have to have the terrace as well.
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