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France are going to ban smoking on beaches and close to schools




The French government has announced a ban on smoking in public parks, forests, and beaches, as well as near schools.

Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau stated that no-smoking areas will become the norm, as part of the government’s anti-smoking program.

“We are now shifting the responsibility and establishing a principle which will become the rule,” Mr Rousseau said, reports RTE.

Additionally, taxes on cigarettes will be increased, with a pack of 20 currently priced at around €11, rising to €12 by 2025 and €13 the following year.

The government also plans to ban single-use disposable e-cigarettes, known as “puffs,” which are popular among young people.

The ultimate goal is to create the first tobacco-free generation by 2032, as promised by President Emmanuel Macron.

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