The ITC France Project was launched in 2006 to create a system for surveillance and evaluation of tobacco control initiatives in France, including the two-phase ban on smoking in work and public places: 1) February 2007-all companies, public administration, educational and health care facilities; and 2) January 2008-all other public places: cafés, hotels, restaurants, discotheques, and casinos. The ITC France Survey is a telephone survey of a nationally representative survey of 1,735 smokers and 525 adult non-smokers. The Wave 1 Survey was carried out from December 2006 to February 2007. Wave 2 was conducted from September to December 2008 and Wave 3 is planned for March 2010. France ratified the FCTC on October 2004.

Country Profile:

Capital City Paris
Population (2008 estimate) 64,057,790
Life expectancy (2007 estimate) Men: 77 years, Women: 84 years
Healthy life expectancy (2002) Men: 69 years, Women: 75 years
Ethnics groups Celtic and Latin with Teutonic, Slavic, North African, Indochinese, Basque minorities
GDP per capita (2007) $30, 540
Median age (2007) 39 years
Literacy 99%

Smoking Prevalence and Related Costs:

  • 28.2% of males and 21.7% of females between the ages of 12 and 75 smoke daily
  • taxation on cigarettes is currently 64% of the retail price

Smoking Policies

  • complete ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • on February 1, 2007, workplaces and educational and healthcare facilities became smoke-free
  • on January 1, 2008, bars, nightclubs, restaurants and cafes became smoke-free

ITC France Team Researchers:

Romain Guignard, INPES  (ITC France team Principal Investigator)
Pierre Arwidson, INPES
Francois Beck, INPES
Antoine Deutsch, INCa
Jean-Louis Wilquin, INPES

France policy table

France W1 and W2 Technical Report

France Contact Information

Lorraine Craig, Project Manager. Email:

Romain Guignard, Principal Investigator. Email:

ITC Affiliated Institutions:

Sources: WHO Website country profiles, WHO MPower Report (2008)

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