[Ip-health] France24: France moves towards plain cigarette packaging and e-cig ban

Ruth Lopert ruth.lopert at gmail.com
Sun Jun 22 14:21:01 PDT 2014

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Plain packaging pushes cigarette sales down

Ruth Lopert

On Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 2:21 AM, Ruth Lopert <ruth.lopert at gmail.com> wrote:

> see http://www.abc.net.au/mediawatch/transcripts/s4026465.htm
> On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:31 AM, Ruth Lopert <ruth.lopert at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> "Australia has already introduced plain packaging, and the number of
>> cigarettes sold has actually gone up."
>> If that were true, why would they be objecting to it?
>> On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 7:11 AM, Thiru Balasubramaniam <
>> thiru at keionline.org> wrote:
>>> http://www.france24.com/en/20140530-france-moves-towards-plain-cigarette-packaging-e-cig-ban/
>>> Latest update : 2014-05-30
>>> France is considering a move towards plain packaging for cigarettes and
>>> banning e-cigarettes in public places in what could be one of the world’s
>>> toughest anti-smoking policies.
>>> Health Minister Marisol Touraine will next month present a law that would
>>> stop cigarette manufacturers from printing their distinctive logos on
>>> packages, Le Figaro newspaper reported on Friday.
>>> The newspaper said that plain packaging, with the cigarette brand written
>>> in small lettering under a graphic health warning, would be one of a
>>> number
>>> of measures to curb smoking, including a ban on using e-cigarettes, or
>>> “vaping”, in public places, Le Figaro said.
>>> Australia pioneered plain packaging for cigarettes in 2012 and Britain,
>>> New
>>> Zealand and Ireland all plan similar bans.
>>> The proposed legislation will be presented to French lawmakers next
>>> month.
>>> France’s tobacco retailers, whose strictly regulated “Tabac” outlets are
>>> a
>>> feature of the French landscape, believe that the government has
>>> misunderstood the problem if it pushes ahead with this legislation.
>>> “We are deeply shocked,” Pascal Montredon, who is head of France’s
>>> tobacco
>>> retailers’ union, told Le Figaro. “We all feel that the government
>>> doesn’t
>>> know what it’s doing. Australia has already introduced plain packaging,
>>> and
>>> the number of cigarettes sold has actually gone up.
>>> “This measure will make the packets easier to copy and increase the
>>> number
>>> of counterfeit cigarettes,” he added. “As for banning electronic
>>> cigarettes
>>> in public places, why not? But the real problem is that sales are not
>>> regulated. We’ve asked the government to act on this and they’ve done
>>> nothing. Only regulated Tabacs should be able to sell these products.”
>>> Smokers’ paradise
>>> With its cafe culture and chain-smoking Nouvelle Vague movie stars,
>>> France
>>> earned a reputation as a smokers’ paradise after World War Two.
>>> Iconic dark-tobacco brands like Gitanes, favoured by Gainsbourg, who
>>> smoked
>>> up to five packs a day, and Gauloises, preferred by philosopher Jean-Paul
>>> Sartre, grew hugely popular, in part thanks to their stylish packaging.
>>> While the reputation sticks, smoking rates in France have since
>>> plummeted.
>>> Less than a third of the population now lights up regularly, which is
>>> about
>>> average for the European Union and down sharply from nearly 60 percent in
>>> the 1960s.
>>> Tough anti-tobacco laws were introduced in 1991 which forced cigarette
>>> manufacturers to display health warnings on packets and forbade
>>> large-scale
>>> advertising on billboards and TV. Smoking in public places was banned in
>>> 2007.
>>> Advocates of plain packaging argue that stripping packets of eye-catching
>>> logos is effective in reducing smoking among young people. Currently, one
>>> in three French people aged 15 to 19 is a smoker, according to the Health
>>> Ministry.
>>> As French smoking rates have declined, so has the country’s once-vibrant
>>> tobacco industry. The state-owned Seita brand that produced Gauloises and
>>> Gitanes was bought by Britain’s Imperial Tobacco in 2008, and much of its
>>> production moved abroad.
>>> In April, Imperial Tobacco announced the closure of the largest Gauloise
>>> cigarette factory in France, prompting the factory’s 327 workers to go on
>>> strike and hold five managers hostage on the worksite, near Nantes, this
>>> week.
>>> The managers were released on Thursday after a day of captivity.
>>> *(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)*
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