The French government has announced a nationwide anti-smoking initiative, which includes the prohibition of smoking on beaches, in public parks, forests, and certain other public spaces. The plan was introduced by the health minister on Tuesday.
According to Minister of Health and Prevention Aurélien Rousseau, tobacco products are responsible for 75,000 preventable deaths annually in France. During an interview on BFM television, he announced that the government plans to implement new legislation at the beginning of next year that will expand the areas where fines can be imposed for smoking.
The speaker mentioned that many areas, including beaches, parks, and school surroundings, have begun implementing these trials. It is now becoming a widespread practice to demonstrate our resolve.
Lawmakers plan to make single-use disposable e-cigarettes illegal, and the National Assembly is set to vote on a proposed law to ban them in the upcoming month.