People have died from tobacco-related diseases since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.
- September 26, 2014
Tobacco control advocates in France are enthusiastic about the new plan to fight smoking announced by the government on 25 September.
“It’s a comprehensive plan with real ambition, including strong and innovative measures,” said Yves Bur, president of the Alliance Against Tobacco.
“I commend the strong supporters of public health, who are now showing real political will to serve the health of all, against the interests of multinational tobacco companies,” he added.
The plan includes measures targeted at:
- Prevention, especially regarding young people. This includes plain packaging of cigarettes and smoking bans in vehicles that contain children under 12;
- Supporting people who want to stop smoking, including more money for individuals who take cessation treatments and greater involvement of general practitioners;
- Controlling the tobacco industry’s activities. This includes making industry lobbying more transparent and a ban on tobacco advertising at points of sale;
- Enforcement, including giving local police the power to check and sanction violations of smoking bans and tobacco sales to minors.
“Despite heavy pressure from the tobacco industry and the tobacco retailers’ lobby, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine has launched a comprehensive tobacco control plan in order to reduce tobacco consumption,” said the organisation Comité national contre le tabagisme, in a press release.
“The French President and the Government have clearly decided to support a strong tobacco control policy with the objective of making future generations smoke-free,” added the organisation.