State of Smoking in France | Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

state of smoking in france

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smoking rate:

party to the world health organization framework convention on tobacco control (who fctc):


since the who fctc:

regulatory environment:

As a member of the European Union (EU), tobacco product regulation falls mainly under the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). Under the TPD, France has implemented regulations concerning tobacco product flavors, ingredients, warning labels, advertising bans, and sales restrictions. In 2015, France adopted a plain pack policy for cigarette packs sold after January 2017. Smokeless tobacco products for oral use are banned, and e-cigarettes are allowed and are subject to ingredient, warning label, and advertising restrictions.

media dialogue:

Media coverage contributes to an awareness of the dangers of smoking, alternative products, and methods for quitting. However, French smokers still lack the support they need to quit because smoking is part of a lifestyle in France. In French media, smoking has more of an allure than a stigma, largely due to enforcement of regulations and a lack of public health campaigns

views of alternatives to smoking:

Alternatives, such as e-cigarettes and nicotine replacement therapies, have become more widely accepted in France in the last 4-5 years.

by the numbers:

  • Approximately 18 million people aged 15-75 currently smoke.
  • The total tax on cigarettes is 80.3 percent.
Portrait of a man in France.

“With my girlfriend, we had stopped (smoking cigarettes) using e-cigarettes for one and a half years. It was an experiment, we didn’t expect anything from it, but it worked.... But there is always the issue with the alcohol. When drinking, I’ll have one cigarette, then another, and the days go by and then it’s a habit again. And you get back to smoking relatively slowly.”

– Marc-Oliver Barre, smoker
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