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‘Smoking jackets’ for French cafe customers

Published on January 04, 2008

   RENNES, France, January 3, 2008  - A cafe owner in the western city ofRennes has found a friendly way of enforcing France's new smoking ban: he islending customers fleece jackets to wear while they stand outside to smoke.   "To say to a customer 'go and smoke your cigarette outside' is a bit harsh.Lending him a fleece to wear is friendlier," said Gilles Berard, owner of theChat Qui Peche cafe in central Rennes.   Cafes, restaurants and nightclubs across France became smoke-free as ofJanuary 1 when a nationwide ban on smoking went into effect.   Berard has bought 30 sleeveless fleeces emblazoned with the name of hiscafe, using the smoking ban to wage some savvy marketing.   Some clients have complained however, saying the jackets should havesleeves or hoods, said Berard.   Under France's anti-tobacco legislation, smokers who light up in cafes facefines of between 68 euros (100 dollars) and 450 euros while business ownerscan incur penalties of up to 750 euros for violations.AFP