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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7133.723p (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:723
  1. Alexander Dorozynski
  1. Paris

    Smoking in public is declining in France, albeit slowly. Legislation introduced in 1992 to ban tobacco advertising, restrict smoking in many public places, and create no-smoking areas in restaurants and cafes was at first scorned, largely ignored, and only exceptionally enforced.

    Lawsuits, however, have managed to trigger a reduction in tobacco advertising, and symbolic court victories by antismoking groups suing railway stations and other public transport facilities have had some effect.

    The ban on smoking in the Paris …

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