France’s Tobacco Control Strategy: Bankroll Transnational Organized Crime

From: Independent

Health minister Agnes Buzyn hopes prohibitively high tobacco costs will stop smokers indulging and boost public health

Brian Love

France will raise the price of cigarettes to 10 euros (£8.79) a pack within three years, the health minister said on Thursday, confirming a strategy that will push tobacco costs to among the highest in Europe.

At present, a packet of 20 cigarettes costs roughly seven euros (£6.15) in France, well below the roughly 10 euros charged in Britain and Ireland.

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