France is set to implement a comprehensive strategy to curb smoking, with Health Minister Aurélien Rousseau announcing a ban on smoking in beaches, public parks, forests, and certain public spaces near schools.
This initiative is part of the government’s broader plan to prevent 75,000 tobacco-related deaths annually and create a “tobacco-free generation by 2032.”
During a press conference on Tuesday, Minister Rousseau emphasized the need to cease trivializing smoking and eliminate the leisure aspect associated with it.
He did not specify an exact timeline for the ban but hinted at potential fines as early as next year. Additionally, Rousseau disclosed plans for a gradual increase in cigarette prices, projecting a cost of 12 euros ($13) per pack in 2025 and 13 euros ($14) in 2027.
Highlighting the urgency of the situation, the minister stressed that the nation should not become accustomed to the alarming statistic of 200 preventable tobacco-related deaths each day. In line with previous announcements, France had already committed to prohibiting disposable e-cigarettes in September.