Figures published last week by France’s national drugs watchdog showed that the number of cigarettes sold in France fell by 7.6 percent last year, according to a Naharnet story.
Sales of hand-rolling tobacco continued to rise but, at 2.6 percent, more slowly than in recent previous years.
And for the first time since 2005, the overall value of tobacco-product sales shrank in 2013.
One survey was said to have put the proportion of adults who smoke every day at about 27 percent, down from more than 33 percent in 2010.
Health experts were quoted as saying it was too early to say if a corner had been turned. Survey results varied and the line between regular (daily) and occasional smoking was hard for researchers to assess accurately.
But the Naharnet story said it seemed that the combined impact of recent price hikes—at a time of economic stagnation—and the “phenomenal success” of e-cigarettes might be encouraging millions of French smokers to reassess their habit.
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