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04 October 2006

Smoking under fire in France

The French government should ban smoking in offices and public places such as cafes and restaurants within the next year, a parliamentary panel said Tuesday.

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The French government should ban smoking in offices and public places such as cafes and restaurants within the next year, a parliamentary panel said Tuesday.

But such a move may face fierce resistance in cigarette-friendly France. The government is expected to make a decision about the proposed ban by mid-October, the Associated Press reported.

The panel noted that second-hand smoke kills 3 000 to 5 000 people in France each year.

"The status-quo is not acceptable," the panel said in its report.

In Europe, bans on smoking in public areas have been adopted by Britain, Ireland, Italy, and Spain, the AP reported. – (HealthDayNews)

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