The municipality of Thionville (Moselle) is part of the experimental project “Free city without tobacco”. The latter aims to improve the quality of life of residents and especially to fight against smoking, reports Lorraine Actu. The mayor of the town, Pierre Cuny, launched the operation on September 7.
1.2 million daily smokers in the Grand Est
The mayor wanted to clarify that this project did not mean that smokers would have minutes. Its establishment “means that we will sanctify certain places.” [mairie, équipements publics, écoles…] in tobacco-free areas », Explained Pierre Cuny. This operation is not intended to stigmatize, but to denormalize cigarettes, he added.
The “Tobacco Free City” project has two challenges: making tobacco less attractive and proposing a strategy to reduce its use. According to the National Committee against smoking, 30.1% of the population of the Grand Est, or 1.2 million people, are daily smokers. The region’s proximity to countries such as Belgium or Luxembourg, where the price of tobacco is lower than in France, would explain these figures.