Vice Squad
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Back From Paris...

...where the French are smoking a whole lot less, it seems. Tax increases were the main impetus for declines in sales of cigarettes in France of more than 13% in 2003 and a further 15% in 2004. Even past cigarette consumption is declining in France: a cigarette has been smudged out of a photograph of Jean-Paul Sartre in a poster advertising an exhibition at the Bibliotheque Nationale. The decision to doctor the old photo was made in part to make sure that the poster would not violate a law against tobacco advertising.

Vice Squad has been lightly tracking French smoking trends since the tax increase.

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