France has announced it is banning smoking on beaches as part of a wider campaign to help people quit. By the first half of 2024, the four-year ‘plan anti-tabac’ will also see lighting up prohibited outside of schools and in government-owned forests and green areas.
There are already 7,200 tobacco-free zones in France designated by local councils. These include woodland in southern France which are at a high risk of wildfires.
Authorities have not yet released details on how the ban will be enforced and if fines will be issued for transgressors.