French ban on smoking in public places: details

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PARIS, Nov 16, 2006 (AFP) - The following are the main points on banning smoking in public places in France from February 1, 2007 announced in an official decree published here Thursday:

PARIS, Nov 16, 2006 (AFP) - The following are the main points on banning smoking in public places in France from February 1, 2007 announced in an official decree published here Thursday:

Ban

— Smoking will be banned officially in all public places including schools, shops and offices from February 1. The exceptions are bars, restaurants and nightclubs, which will be given to January 1, 2008, to adapt to new regulations.

After January 1, 2008, these categories will be required to have installed strictly supervised smoking rooms, which staff will not be required enter or serve.

The decree will be ready by November in order to comply with a three-month period necessary for its implementation.

Fines

— Persons contravening the ban will be subject to fines of EUR 75. Management will be subject to fines of EUR 150.

Other provisions

— The state will pay a third of the cost of treatment for persons endeavouring to give up smoking.

— To avoid losses to businesses affected, supplementary measures will be proposed

Trade Minister Renaud Dutreil has already announced a renegotiation of a contract agreed three years ago to support tobacconists.

This plan, providing support of EUR 160 million last year, is scheduled to wind up at the end of next year, but will be renegotiated to allow continued financial support, particularly to tobacconists in border zones.

It is cheaper for local smokers in some border zones to cross to a neighbouring country to buy cigarettes.

The provisions also foresee remuneration of tobacconists on sale of tobacco products and will provide assistance towards modernisation from next year in order to encourage tobacconists to diversify.

Tobacco sales in France have fallen by 32 percent since the year 2003. A total of 1,500 tobacconists have closed down since then, most of them in border areas

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