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Smoking In Paris
The French are known for their love of food, fine wine and yes, smoking. Famous French thinkers and artists are often pictured puffing a cigarette, like Camus, Jean-Paul Sarte, and Coco Chanel . The smoking cliché may be on its way out thanks to various campaigns to eliminate smoking in the cafes and public areas of Paris.Tobacco use in France dates back at least 400 years. American tobacco was brought to Catherine De Medici , as a cure for her migraines, by the ambassador Jean Nicot . Nicotine is named after this Frenchman. Paris is not currently the smoking capital of the world, but it is topped only by Havana, Cuba and Moscow. Smokers make up 20-25% of the French population and smoking is increasingly popular and acceptable among the young.
Many Parisian smokers see the new laws as an infringement on their rights and are not accepting this ban with ease. It will be an end of one of their favorite ways of socializing; sitting in a café or restaurant sipping coffee, and smoking. Although most restaurants have had smoking and non-smoking sections for some time, smoking sections will have to be completely eliminated unless they are completely enclosed and properly ventilated to prevent second hand smoke from drifting into the faces of non-smoking patrons.The many smoke-free tourists from around the world and the much-neglected non-smoking Parisians will certainly appreciate the bans that will enable them to breathe easier. If you are trying to avoid second hand smoke in Paris, here is a list of where you will find smoke free air.
Smoking Banned From Paris Cafes
- Smoking is prohibited in shops, hospitals and theatres.
- All schools and universities are smoke free by law.
- Public open spaces such as playgrounds and sports stadiums
- Public buildings, and transport stations.
- Restaurants will provide non-smoking sections for patrons; some restaurants are entirely smoke free.
- New restrictions were passed in early 2008 affecting smoking in cafes and clubs. Tourists may find that this ban is not yet enforced efficiently.