One million in France quit smoking in ’17

France had a million fewer daily smokers’ in 2017 over 2016, the Health Ministry said on Monday, thanking the dissuasive power of higher tobacco taxes.

The Ministry did not mention whether electronic cigarettes have had any impact on the apparent trend.

It cited figures from a random representative survey of 18- to 75-year-olds living in France last year. “In 2017, 31.9% of people surveyed said that they smoked occasionally, and 26.9 percent daily,” said a special report. “These numbers are 3.2 and 2.5 percentage points lower, respectively, than in 2016.” This represented a decline of a million daily smokers in a year, said the report.

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