France introduces neutral packaging regulations for cigarettes

26 November 2015 (Last Updated November 26th, 2015 18:30)

A new law has recently been passed in the French Parliament, which introduces plain packaging for cigarettes.

A new law has recently been passed in the French Parliament, which introduces plain packaging for cigarettes.

The initiative is in response to the smoking-related deaths in the country and intends to reduce the numbers of smokers, especially teenagers.

The new packaging law for cigarettes will be put into effect from May next year.

"The new packaging law for cigarettes will be put into effect from May next year."

However, tobacco companies have voiced their protest against the regulations and have threatened to move ahead with legal action.

Smoking has been found to affect the health of French residents, with more than 70,000 people dying from tobacco-related diseases, reports Euronews.com.

According to EU laws, 65% of the packaging for cigarettes are required to carry health warnings, which were approved as a part of public health reforms seven months ago.

According to France Minister of Health Marisol Touraine, rest of all cigarette packets will be of 'the same shape, same size, same colour, same typeset'.

More than 33% of the teenagers in the country have been found to have a smoking habit, reports Yahoo News.

The country intends to bring down the rate to one in five adults in around ten years, and have been trying to implement laws and regulations for the purpose, which in turn invited huge uproars.

Smoking had been banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, since 2006.

Authorities in Paris doubled fines for dropping cigarette butts to €68 ($75) in October, as nearly 350t of cigarette butts are collected annually in the French capital.

The new rules will see neutral packaging for the tobacco products, which will come in uniform size and colour with the brand name in small font and uniform typeface. Logos for the brands are also to be removed from the packets.