Cancer patient
25 September 2014

National smoking reduction programme

The 3rd Cancer Plan, announced by President Hollande in February 2014, established four main objectives to give everyone, throughout France, the same chance of recovering from this disease. One of the strategic priorities of the plan is the development of the national smoking reduction programme, presented to the Council of Ministers on 25 September.
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The objectives are clear:
  • in 2019, the number of smokers should have decreased by at least 10%;
  • in 2024, France should have dropped below 20% of smokers (compared to the current 30%);
  • in 2032, at least 95% of 18 year olds should be non-smokers. 
This is the first time an action plan will activate three levers in the fight against smoking simultaneously:

Protect young people to prevent them becoming smokers

  • Make cigarette packages neutral in appearance in order to make them less attractive.
  • Prohibit smoking in cars in the presence of children under 12.
  • Regulate the use of electronic cigarettes (regulate advertising and prohibit vaping in certain public places such as childcare institutions, public transport and collective workplaces). The ban on the sale of e-cigarettes to minors has already been put in place.
  • Make outdoor playgrounds for children non-smoking areas. 

Help smokers stop smoking

  • Broadcast an information campaign entitled "Tobacco kills one in two smokers" at prime time on TV and radio as of Friday 26 September.
  • Involve attending physicians in the fight against smoking.
  • Improve the reimbursement of tobacco dependence treatments, particularly for young people aged 26-30, universal health cover beneficiaries and cancer patients. The reimbursement amount for young people aged 20 to 25 was already tripled last year.

Influence the tobacco economy

  • Create a dedicated fund to the fight against smoking;
  • Increase the transparency of lobbying activities in the tobacco industry;
  • Step up the fight against the illicit tobacco trade. 
The legislative measures will be included in the future health bill during its review in Parliament. Moreover, the transposition of the European "Tobacco Products" Directive to France will make it possible to apply measures such as the enlargement of health warnings on cigarette packets, the ban on flavourings in cigarettes and the total ban on advertising (except at points of sale) for electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).