But there are signs that smoking in France is losing its lure.
The authorities attribute the decline to recent anti-smoking measures and higher taxes on cigarettes
"This historic decline proves to all that it is possible to fight against smoking through coherent and integrated measures," he said François Bourdillon, Director General of the Ministry of Health, in the report published on Monday.
2.5% less tobacco consumption
According to the study, an average of 200 people die from tobacco every day in France ̵
In 2017, 26.9% of 18- to 75-year-olds smoked daily, up from 29.4% a year earlier.
These steps included switching to neutral packaging to make cigarette packs look less attractive and banning flavors and additives that were particularly appealing to young people, the report says.
"This is the result of preventive action that has proven itself and good news that strengthens my commitment to everyone's health," tweeted Health Minister Agnès Buzyn.
Low-income people smoke less
In March, just after prices for a pack of cigarettes rose by a full euro, sales fell by nearly 20%.
This may explain why the decline in smokers among low-income residents was particularly strong.
Buzyn says she plans to raise the price to $ 10 per cigarette pack by 2020.