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France to Ban Smoking

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The French government said on Tuesday it would ban smoking on all the country’s beaches, in public parks and forests and near schools.

This was disclosed by the Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau.

Rousseau said there were already 7,200 tobacco-free areas in France but they had been mostly designated by local authorities, not the central government.

He also said,Taxes on cigarettes will be hiked, with a pack of 20, currently at around 11 euros ($12), rising to 12 euros by 2025 and 13 euros the following year.

Written by: Helen Obih

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