FRANCE: Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights announced strong measures, including plain packaging

Marisol Touraine, Minister of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights of France, announced, on 25 September 2014, a new National Plan for Tobacco Control.  The plan foresees such as:

• Introduction of plain packaging, a ban of smoking in playgrounds and in vehicles if a child of under 12 years of age is present and communication campaigns to strengthen prevention of tobacco use, specifically among the youth;

• Better reimbursement of cessation treatment, stronger involvement of doctors, information campaign on cessation to promote help to smokers who wish to quit;

• In relation to Article 5.3 of the WHO FCTC, addressing interference of the tobacco industry with tobacco control policies (including more transparency of tobacco industry lobbying, mandatory publication of industry expenditures and banning advertising at the point-of-sale); 

• Strengthening enforcement of measures to prevent sales to minors;

• Stronger product controls, in line with the European Tobacco Products Directive 2014/40/EU;

• Enhanced measures to control illicit trade;

• Limiting advertising of electronic cigarettes, with a view to completely banning it in 2016, and banning of use of such products in some public places (schools, workplaces and public transport facilities).

A summary of the new National Plan is available at: 

The full text of the new action plan has now been published at:

For more details, please see: 


Related articles

Related parties