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One million French smokers quit in a year

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Health Desk-- 29 May, 2018: France has seen a sharp fall in the number of people smoking daily, with one million fewer lighting up from 2016-2017, a survey suggests.

Such a drop has not been seen in a decade, according to Public Health France, which carried out the study.

There has also been a decline in smoking among teenagers and those on low incomes.

The study pointed to the slew of anti-smoking measures introduced to France as a likely reason for the decline.

According to the survey, in 2017 26.9 percent of 18- to 75-year-olds smoked every day, compared with 29.4 percent a year earlier. This amounts to a drop from 13.2 million smokers to 12.2 million over the period.

France’s Health Minister Agnès Buzyn in particular welcomed the decline in smoking among those on low incomes, saying that “tobacco is a trajectory of inequality, it weighs particularly on the most disadvantaged and it gets worse”.