France's no-smoking laws 'badly applied': study

6th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, April 6, 2006 (AFP) - The French government is studying the feasibility of a total ban on smoking in public spaces after an official report concluded that existing restrictions are not functioning properly, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday.

PARIS, April 6, 2006 (AFP) - The French government is studying the feasibility of a total ban on smoking in public spaces after an official report concluded that existing restrictions are not functioning properly, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said Thursday.

"The dossier is on the table," Villepin said at his monthly press conference.

"We are going to study the various hypotheses with those concerned. I am anxious to protect the health of our fellow citizens but also to draw the lessons of experience and do everything with the greatest possible consensus," he said.

Last month France's Social Affairs Inspectorate (IGAS) concluded that the 1991 Evin Law which obliges restaurants and other public places to have separate smoking areas is being "badly applied," and recommended it be superseded by an outright ban.

Health Minister Xavier Bertrand said at the time that "today's status quo cannot hold."

A poll last week showed that 78 percent of the French are in favour of a total ban on smoking in public places.

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