In 2017, France had one million fewer daily smokers in 2016, the health ministry said on Monday, thanking the deterrent force of higher tobacco taxes.
In a special report on tobacco use in a country once synonymous with smoke-filled Paris In street cafes, the ministry did not mention whether electronic cigarettes had any impact on the apparent trend.
In 2017, 31.9 percent of respondents said they occasionally smoked and 26.9 percent daily, "the report said.
" These figures are 3.2 and 2.5 percentage points lower than 2016. "
a drop of one million daily smokers within a year, the report said.
The ministry pointed out that tobacco in France kills about 200 people every day, about 73,000 a year.
Worldwide The World Health Organization (WHO) says that tobacco kills up to half the users – more than seven million people a year.
According to the latest WHO data, in 2016 there were over 1.1 billion people over the age of 15 and older – approximately one seventh of the world's population – smokers.
The number has remained unchanged since 2015.
Tobacco use is showing signs of slowing worldwide, although in some countries, especially in developing countries, there has been an increase
Smoking has been linked to various types of tobacco Cancer, heart disease and strokes
French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the so-called "sin" tax on nicotine was largely due to the "encouraging" new trend, which was not funded by government-sponsored cessation counseling and nicotine patches – branded packaging and health warnings.
The decline in French smokers was particularly strong on low-income buffers, the ministry said.
Buzyn intends to raise the price of a cigarette pack to 10 euros (11.6) by 2020, today of nearly eight after a series of hikes I have seen in recent years
The report has no specific role for the massive mentioned in France, from tobacco to e-cigarettes, which emit a tar-free vapor that users inhale instead of smoke
At a press conference, Francois Bourdillon of the French health authority noted that Cigarettes "clearly" are the means of smoking cessation.
The survey found that 2.7 percent of people in France consumed e-cigarettes daily in 2017.  In 2017, France had one million fewer daily smokers in 2016, said the Ministry of Health, thanking the deterrent power of higher tobacco taxes