French TGVs convert to smoke-free zones

9th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 9 (AFP) - All of France's high-speed TGV trains are to be completely smoke-free from Sunday, the state rail company SNCF said.

PARIS, Dec 9 (AFP) - All of France's high-speed TGV trains are to be completely smoke-free from Sunday, the state rail company SNCF said.

The total ban on cigarettes is in response to a rising number of complaints from non-smokers using the trains, according to the head of SNCF's Voyages France Europe division, Mireille Faugere.

A spokeswoman for the company said the new measure would be applied nationwide after testing the anti-cigarette restriction on TGV trains on certain lines over the past year.

An estimated one-third of France's population of 60 million smokes, but recent government price hikes on packets of cigarettes and improved health awareness campaigns have slowly been reducing their number.

According to the SNCF, the ban is backed by three out of five passengers, including around half the smokers who said they were put off by the smell of tobacco on the trains.

© AFP

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