In 2018, and this for the third consecutive year, sales of tobacco in France fell. For the occasion, France Inter received Professor Bertrand Dautzenberg pneumologist and tobacco specialist at the hospital of Pitié-Salpêtrière.
The cigarette has fewer followers in France. Sales fell sharply in 2018, with a 9,32% decline. That's 4 billion fewer cigarettes, and this applies to all forms of tobacco (in total 40 billion cigarettes are sold.)
The pulmonologist Bertrand Dautzenberg welcomes the health plan put in place, in particular with the increase in the price of the package, which is bearing fruit.
This is a significant decrease. We had already known that with the first cancer plan under Chirac in 2002-2003. It was even more since we had gone from 82 billion cigarettes sold to 54 billion.
Neutral package, electronic cigarette, refund of nicotine substitutes also explain this decline.
The current measures are good if the decline continues to be around 10% estimates the tobacco specialist.
People who do not have money do not know how much they are spending. It's a drug and they do not realize. That's why it's so important to help these people.
By 2020, the package will reach 10 €, which is for Bertrand Dautzenberg a hope. The hope that the French completely stop the cigarette.
He also notes that tobacco has become obsolete in young people. Unlike chicha and cannabis. The electronic cigarette is used but most young people who take the electronic cigarette take it without nicotine.
For the boss of tobacconists, the French do not smoke less. They buy their cigarettes abroad or on the black market. According to Bertrand Dautzenberg, we have the same rates of buying cigarettes abroad since 2003-2004. On the other hand for him, the black market is not so promising. We note that we smoke more in the regions of the North-East (near Belgium, and especially Luxembourg), in the neighboring departments with Spain, and in Corsica where lung cancers are 30% more numerous .
source : Franceinter.fr/