French ready to go completely smoke-free: poll

24th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 24, 2006 (AFP) - The vast majority of French people support the idea of a total ban on smoking in public places, according to a new government poll published Friday.

PARIS, March 24, 2006 (AFP) - The vast majority of French people support the idea of a total ban on smoking in public places, according to a new government poll published Friday.

An overwhelming 78 percent of respondents support such a ban, with a majority in all age groups in agreement, according to the Ifop poll carried out for the government and published in the influential Le Figaro daily.

Retirees were the group most in favour of the measure (89 percent) with youngsters aged 15-24 slightly more reticent (66 percent).

When the pollsters split the preferences along the lines of venue, there was most overall support for a ban in offices (78 percent), whereas discos and cafes were a closer-run thing (57 percent).

The poll was carried out last month at the government's request. The size and modalities of the poll were not published.

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