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France To Ban Smoking in Public Places

France is a little behind on the whole smoking is deadly issue but you've got to hand it to them with their newest step towards health.

Starting tomorrow, Feb. 1, France will be implementing a new law banning smoking in schools, airports, hotels, offices and other public spaces. This ban will be followed by phase two in France's war on tobacco, that will prohibit smoking in cafes, restaurants and clubs on January 1, 2008.

It's about time! Over 30% of the French population smokes (but almost 49% of those are aged 18 to 25). That is more than in any European country except Greece, where it's 42% [gasp].

In other smoking news, the EU is considering proposing a total smoking ban in public places for all 27 member countries.

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