Proposed Ban on Smoking

Health Minister Marisol Touraine has proposed banning smoking in public places, such as beaches, outside school gates and in parks.  Smoking kills 73,000 people each year, and she would like to see a general mobilisation against tobacco.Nice was the first city to ban smoking on a beach, last summer on Centenaire Plage in the town centre, and this year has added a second, Lenval. Offenders face a €11 fine.  Riviera neighbours Cannes, La Ciotat, and Menton are following suit this summer along with northern beaches such as Ouistreham and St Malo.
Credit/Source: Excerpt from The Connexion

Quitting Timeline:

After 20 minutes blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
After 24 hours lungs start to clear.
After 2 days body is nicotine free and sense of taste & smell return.
After 3 days breathing is easier and energy increases.
After 2 to 12 weeks circulation improves.
After 3 to 9 months coughs and wheezing lessen.
After 1 year risk of heart attack is half that of a smoker.
After 10 years risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker.
(Source: NHS)

6 thoughts on “Proposed Ban on Smoking

  1. westiedad says:

    Great idea, but I can’t see this being too popular in France.

  2. This is welcome news. I’ve always thought it was dangerous, ever since I stepped on a lighted cigarette as a child at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. VERY painful!

  3. Ouch – I’ll bet! The questions here is if and how it will be really enforced.

  4. Christian Peterson says:

    Good news for all non-smokers. In Australia the Federal government will raise the tax on a pack of 20 which means a pack will cost AUS$20 by 2015. A good portion of the billions raise will go to hospital care for lung cancer victims.

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