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Paris City Hall has banned tobacco use in 52 of its parks and gardens

As of June 8th, cigarettes have been banned in 10% of the capital’s parks and gardens.  Offenders could be liable to a €38 fine.


Smoking is now prohibited in fifty-two of Paris’s parks and gardens, or about 10% of the capital’s green spaces.  The ban was put in place on June 8th after trial runs in 6 Parisian parks.  Logically, this experiment “reduced the number of smokers present in these parks and gardens as well as the number of cigarette butts tossed on the ground,” remarked the City of Paris.

Forty-six other parks and gardens were thus “chosen by arrondissement City Halls” for the extension of the ban, details the City.  Besides parc Georges-Brassens (15th), these “tobacco-free” green spaces are for the most part small squares.


A €38 euro fine

Over the first few weeks after legislation was established, city law enforcement personnel launched an awareness campaign using “information panels and ‘interactive’ cigarette receptacles installed at each major entrance of the 52 gardens concerned,” details Paris City Hall.

Interactive cigarette bins in which smokers cast a vote with their used cigarette.  This one asks, “Are you more Star Trek or Star Wars?”.

After this warning period, which ran up until the beginning of July, offenders can now be fined €38 if caught smoking, the same fine currently in place on city playgrounds.

These new anti-tobacco mesures are an extension of the cigarette ban already in place on Paris’s 500 playgrounds since 2015.  In February, the City of Paris also voted in favor of a campaign aiming to completely eliminate cigarette butt litter on 19 of the city’s streets.


Three tobacco-free beaches in Marseille

The fight against tobacco doesn’t stop in Paris.  The city of Marseille made the decision to prohibit tobacco, as well as loud music, on 3 of its 21 beaches: Pointe-Rouge, Borély, and Bonneveine.  According to the municipal decree, this ban aims to “protect non-smokers from the dangers of passive smoking and to preserve the coastline from litter (cigarette butts, charcoal filters…).” The use of hookahs and shisha pipes is already strictly forbidden on all of Marseille’s beaches.

From Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine) to Ouistreham (Calvados) and Propriano (Corse-du-Sud), many cities and seaside towns have forbidden tobacco over the last several years on certain beaches.  Nice was the first, with the creation of a tobacco-free beach back in 2012.


Here is the list of the 52 parks and gardens in Paris where smoking is no longer allowed:

1st arrondissement: square Louvois, square Jacques-Bidault.

3rd arrondissement: square du Temple-Elie-Wiesel, square Léonor-Fini, square Emile-Chautemps, jardin Léopold-Achille, jardin Anne-Frank, jardin Madeleine de Scudéry.

4th arrondissement: square Langlois, square Schweitzer, square Galli, clos des Blancs-Manteaux.

5th arrondissement: square Saint-Médard.

6th arrondissement: square Gabriel-Pierné.

8th arrondissement: jardin Marcel-Pagnol.

9th arrondissement: square Montholon, square d’Estienne-d’Orves, square Berlioz, square Alex-Biscarre, square d’Anvers.

10th arrondissement: square Juliette-Dodu, jardin Ylmaz-Güney.

11th arrondissement: square Maurice-Gardette, jardin de la Folie-Titon.

12th arrondissement: jardin Trousseau, square de la Croix-Rouge, square Jean-Morin.

13th arrondissement: square Henri-Cadiou, jardin de la Poterne-des-Peupliers, jardin aux Mères, square Michelet, square Héloise-et-Abélard.

14th arrondissement: square Wyszynski, square Lemire

15th arrondissement: square Dupleix, square Pablo-Casals, square Chérioux, square Pierre-Adrien-Dalpayrat, square Cambronne, square Violet, parc Georges-Brassens, square Alleray-quintinie, square du Clos-Feuquières, square des Cévennes.

16th arrondissement: square Lamartine.

17th arrondissement: square des Batignolles.

18th arrondissement: square Hélène-Jourda, square Léon-Serpollet (Cloÿs).

19th arrondissement: square de la Place-de-Bitche.

20th arrondissement: square du Docteur-Grancher, jardin Léon-Zygel, square Sarah-Bernhardt.





Source: Il sera bientôt interdit de fumer dans 52 parcs et jardins de Paris

Cover Image: Parc Georges-Brassens, Paris, France. Guilhem Vellut from Paris, France [CC BY 2.0]

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