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Smoking/No smoking in Paris

Smoking/No smoking in Paris


non smoking in Paris

Perhaps you’re a smoker, or on the contrary, you cannot bear smoke… and you’d like to know how France deals with such things? Smoking is generally well tolerated in Paris and in France, but is nonetheless restricted to specific areas. Cigarettes are barred from a good number of places, in particular enclosed public buildings and public transport.


You can smoke in your hotel room unless there is a specific sign forbidding it, but the hotel must conform to required ventilation standards. The public areas, like the breakfast room, reception and the corridors are generally no-smoking areas. All youth hostels are as a general rule entirely non-smoking.


Restaurants, cafés, clubs
Restaurants are obliged to provide designated smoking and non-smoking zones. As you go in you will be asked in which section you prefer to be seated. However, depending on the layout of some places, tobacco odours cannot always be prevented from drifting over to the no-smoking zone. Cafés and clubs remain the places where the law may be not so strictly adhered to: mutual respect is ultimately the only rule.


Shops, cinemas, theatres, hospitals, public services
Smoking is strictly prohibited by law in these public places.


Schools and universities
Smoking is against the law in schools, universities and other educational establishments, including the open spaces (playgrounds, stadiums...).


Public transport
French law prohibits smoking in public transport, throughout the Paris and Ile-de-France network: metro, bus, RER, suburban trains and trams. Railway and metro stations are also entirely non-smoking, although you may come across certain recalcitrant individuals, despite the no-smoking signs and anti-smoking campaigns.
Taxis are usually non-smoking.


At the office
Some companies provide a special smoking area for their employees, but more and more office buildings have totally excluded any smoking at all. For example in the business district of La Défense, some high-rise blocks are completely cigarette-free.


Where can you buy cigarettes?
In tobacconists (“bureaux de tabac”) which are recognizable by their red diamond-shaped signs. The average price of a packet of cigarettes is €5. In other places (restaurants, bars, clubs), a packet will cost you a bit more.


Your comments : Smoking No smoking

newly hatched health worriers
- smoker
(7 Jul 2016 - 10:00)
too simplistic of some people who think they can save themselves from death only by not smelling cigarettes. they ignore the huge bulk of air and earth pollution caused by rich and powerful companies and governments while picking on a random cigarette smoker. Oh, I remember, these simple-minded ppl can't do anything about big polluters since the big ones control everything. the big ones are the ones who cause cancer, health and earth problems and they need to pin it on somebody so they point their fingers at the smokers. Although they can ban tobacco production, they don't, since they know their own big pollution won't stop and they need an escape-goat. So their strategy which has been successful so far is to blame smokers for all the pollution in all the media while simple-minded average people with a superiority complex will follow them and carry their slogans like a sheep. So do not call us smokers pigs. Just contemplate your own existence over a sip of wine and a puff of cigarette smoke. There's more to it than it seems.
Grow Up
- A Happy Smoker
(3 May 2016 - 08:30)
The attitudes here from some non-smokers is just disgusting. I do not appreciate being called "inconsiderate" since I am considerate. I smoke away from non-smokers, even when with non-smoking friends I walk further behind so it does not affect them as much. The fact we are being called "pigs" for making our own lifestyle choices is deplorable, not smoking itself.

If you don't like it, then tough shit. Grow up and don't go to Paris.
Ashes in the eye
- Bob
(11 Dec 2015 - 10:15)
I love the french trick where they nonchalantly flick their ashes in your eye as you walk down the street.
Quit smoking and take up jogging
- Ex smoker
(2 Sep 2014 - 09:30)
You will feel better and won't complain as much!
I am a smoker :)
- Cecile
(2 Aug 2013 - 11:30)
I will visit Paris for the first time next month. I am SO VERY happy to know there is FREEDOM and respect to us, smokers. I agree that it's unconsiderate to smoke indoors - that's why it's not allowed now. But we can still smoke in the street and outside of the bars/restaurants - in a separate area. CIGARETTES ARE NOT ILEGAL. We choose to smoke and we have the right to do it... YOUR RIGHTS END WHERE OTHER'S START :) Cheers.
smoking in Paris
- Patric
(27 Jun 2013 - 09:00)
Paris without cigarette smoke would not be the same. Many of the moaners who object are probably self righteous "born again smokers" and miserable losers who want to dictate how the majority of people should behave. In another era of dictatorships they would have been volunteers for spying on people.To the anti smokers-get a life!
Smoking in Paris
- MC
(24 Feb 2013 - 09:45)
Get over it, stop complaining about smoking and don't bother to visit Paris! Problem solved!
Smoking and other Paris issues.
(6 Feb 2013 - 09:15)
Having just returned from our 4 nights I discovered that smoking in Paris is not as bad as some people have made out on this forum. Most bars now have an outside, closed in area with heat lamps for smokers. For non smokers this is fine, as the smoke in not inside the bar.Having said that I saw several locals smoking inside bars.But generally, smoking is not allowed in bars restaurants and in tourist attraction areas like The Eiffel Tower grounds and queueing areas.
Worse than smoking is that the area we stayed in near the Sacre Coeur, every pavement was covered in dogs mess! You couldn't walk without looking down all the time. Its a disgrace!
I enjoyed Paris and i would definitely return but only out of season when there are less tourists (like when we went end Jan) I could imagine the length of the queues in the summer along with heat! Expect some French rudeness however. The Brits are polite, and the French are rude and abrupt at times.
(30 Jan 2013 - 09:00)
Non smokers have had their way in the UK for years. The French just dont adhere to smoking restrictions. If they banned it in bars or restaurants..they will still do it.
They are sensible enough to realise that a lot of bars will close down like they continue to do here in the UK.How many pubs are closing here?
I am looking forward to having a French cigarette whilst drinking Pastis and red wine. Its something I have been TOLD I cant do in the UK.
The next thing is that non smokers will want to eat outside a pub and not want smoking there either! The day I am told I cant smoke in my car will be the end of my obedience. Are you aware that the only workplace in the UK which allows smoking is a bar in the Houses of Parliament? They are exempt from the law!
Us smokers contribute 2.6bn in tax last year.How much do obese people pay, who drain the resources of the NHS far more than a passive smoker!!
- Galia
(23 Nov 2012 - 08:30)
I like the news that in Paris is allowed to smoke because they are trying to ban it everywhere ! You can't erase the tobacco and all the people who smoke i think it should have places for everyone... for people who smoke and for those who don't. It's torture to make someone do something. I'm going in Paris next week and those who don't like it "smoking" just don't go there! I didn't made problems to anyone in USA for their smoking ban, everyone have to choose free. Just i don't like the ban!
I am declaring war on cafes, restaurants that allow smokers to light up where they please.
- Therese
(18 Nov 2012 - 09:30)
It is rude and inconsiderate to light up a cigarette beside someone who is trying to enjoy a coffee or a meal. French smokers who do this are bad enough, cafe and restaurant owners who allow them to do so for fear of losing their stinky business are another. I have just returned from my latest trip to Paris and every cafe or restaurant where smoking was allowed to happen - in spite of the government ban - will be receiving a negative review from me on TripAdvisor. Further, I object most strenuously to being exiled inside the establishment while the filthy smokers are allowed to foul up the terraces with the views of Notre Dame or wherever. I would urge other visitors to Paris with similar unpleasant, unhealhty experiences to write similar negative reviews. Perhaps the owners will start to take notice if enough of us fight back. I am also going to figure out which government entity is supposed to be policing the ban and let them know I am not impressed. If they want my tourist dollars they had all better clean up their act!
Smokey ol Paris
- Just got back
(8 Nov 2012 - 09:15)
So i just got back from my first trip to Paris. We had a great time and saw many beautiful sights, but I have to admit the smoking ruined it for me. Smoke in the air is evident from the moment you step foot out the door. It is impossible to not walk behind, next to or infront of someone smoking. All those charming sidewalk cafes are filled with smokers. I even had a pair of tights scorched by a fast-walking smoker who breezed by and grazed my leg with her lit end. The only place I was able to get a break from the smoke was inside the Louvre. And the other thing I found dismaying was the butts all over the sidewalk. It's disgusting. Omg, I thought Parisians would be more sophisticated. Ha! I cannot lose the mental image of a lovely sidewalk near the Opera Garnier where a planter area with little trees was covered in thousands of disgarded cigarette butts. The smell was horrible. Then walking along I always noted the hundreds of cig butts dotting the sidewalk. Versailles on Fri and Sat nights was no better. I regret that I never made it over to Sacre Coure but I won't plan a trip suitcase still smells from the clothes I had to bring home that reeked of cigarettes.

And to the ass who spouts off about how smoking is their legal right...your right to do somethng shouldn't require me to do it to. Unless you smoke in an airtight chamber then you're forcing me to smoke and smell it too.
(2 Nov 2012 - 09:30)
Tobacco is a legal product. Bash it all you want but it's legal.

Lots of things will do you harm..... read the ingredients on food, breathe in pollution, drink cruddy water, inhale exhaust from cars, etc. Something will kill you. Stop picking on smokers. Our pleasure, our 'legal' choice!!

smoking weed
- M L
(17 Oct 2012 - 08:45)
so where we can buy some weeds in paris ? i heard something about indians parish there, but i'm not sure
Can't wait
- Anita
(25 Sep 2012 - 09:45)
Visiting Paris in November can' t wait ,smoking has been banned in NY for years now and honestly I don't miss it even being a smoker. Smoking is bad ok everyone knows it. I prefer to smoke outdoors away from non smokers as to not expose anyone else I am very mindful of that so it will be nice to be in Paris where I am not stared at like I just committed murder after lighting a cigg!!!!
Absolute Pigs
- G
(12 Sep 2012 - 09:45)
@Leslie - Smoke is EVERYWHERE, it WILL get to you ANYWHERE OUTDOORS and many places indoors. There is sooo much smoke in this city, it bands together and seeps in through cracks in your windows and doors, even in a non-smoking hotel for instance. I would not come; you are not missing out on much anyway. Most Parisians are pigs and their are plenty of other filthy old cities with European charm on this planet. (Yes I have seen almost all of them, in addition to 30+ other countries worldwide) My lungs and nasal passages are burning as we speak.

I can't get a meal from ANY restaurant here (imagine the sun shining, outdoor chairs on the streets) as I WILL be forced to eat smoke with my food.

Anywhere else is France is nicer to visit (better people - less smoke. But not by much)

To the Rest of the Readers:

Second time in Paris. When I was younger and liked to party (i.e. couple of drinks/girls) the smoking did not bother me AS much. Yes, I smoked for years as a teenager/early twenties, but like most, I was young, and ever-so DUMB. Even back then I would never smoke around another non-smoker. Period.

Now, as a "mature" human being, my most hated of negative character traits is INCONSIDERATION.

***Smokers are the epitome of inconsiderate; Those who shorten the life of others, as they prefer to shorten their own, literally stealing the air out of my lungs.***

Think I will start spraying spider/fly spray in the face of every person who blows smoke my way. I will just say: "Sorry, it is my thing. I like to do it. I enjoy it. Can't stop now.. What? You don't like poison in your face?"

Culture my ass. For example, Japan has culture. Paris is a joke.

Make no mistake, I AM a happy, spiritual person. But this needs to be said:

However the anger of living 2012 (!!!) and we still manufacture, sell, and consume what is clearly nothing more than poison AND then poison everyone around us, is becoming too much to handle. Especially here is Paris. Smoking has RUINED it for me here:

Step outside - first breath is smoke.
Open your window? Smoke.
Walk ANY street? Smoke in your face.
Off the train - Smoke if your face.
Get into an elevator, taxi or toilet - the carcinogenic stench of a recent smoke.

YOU SMOKER PIGS - with your young children, your elderly parents and your incessant poisoning of all others; you are deplorable.

* Don't bother commenting at me here. I am NOT COMING BACK TO READ IT.
- Leslie
(11 Sep 2012 - 08:00)
I just want an accurate account. Is Paris a place you can go with being engulfed in cigarette smoke?

It's not about being narrow minded its about being cautious; some people like myself have very bad asthma and it would be devastating to have an attack on a vacation.

My biggest concern is the airport as I have heard conflicting accounts. Is the air clean? Or is the air contaminated from the cigarette smoke that has seeped in from the designated smoking areas?

Is there any place
- Robert von Throstein
(21 Jul 2012 - 10:15)
where i can buy marijuana in paris =_= ?
- paris visitor
(6 Jul 2012 - 08:00)
the smell really hit me as soon as we stepped outside the gare du nord. Had to shield my 6 year old daughter away from cigarette burns as we walked past smokers holding cigarettes as they walked in the street. Total disregard of smoking restrictions in Disneyland Paris. Everyone smokes in queues for rides and if you are standing behind someone smoking you have no choice but to breathe their smoke. Both my daughter and I ended up with headaches after our day at DP which I reckon was caused by passive smoking. Disappointed that Disney staff failed to enforce the rules on smoking only in designated areas.
- Jim McDonald
(25 Jun 2012 - 09:00)
Dear Peter Lutz, I am glad you won't be going to Paris until they have a smoking ban there that you approve of, since it certainly means I won't have to bump into unreasonable you when I am there in November.
- Joan
(3 Jun 2012 - 11:00)
I am 82 years old and have smoked since I was 21. I have not seen a docter for more then 26 years. Go figure.
Smoking in restaurants
- Tom
(15 May 2012 - 09:30)
Hi Peter,

Smoking has not been permitted in restaurants in France since January 1, 2008.

Enjoy your trip and your dining experience! It's a great city with great restaurants.


Smoking in Paris
- Rob
(4 May 2012 - 09:15)
Give Peter a break - maybe he's a 2 pack a day quitter who can't go or he'll start up again. For me, I embrace the opportunity to smoke somewhat publicly without being a social pariah (like here in San Francisco) - I'll quit after Paris :) I swear.
- fed up
(2 May 2012 - 09:00)
I have to agree with steve. I have been to Paris several times and it has never been a problem for me. If someone is that narrow minded, please don't go to Paris, it is not a place for you. Keep yourself closed in the little box you live in and all will be well.
No Smoking in restaurants
- Adele
(13 Mar 2012 - 09:15)
Really? You won't visit France until all restaurants are non-smoking? Please, do not go. You are too narrow minded to appreciate it.
Is that right Peter?
- Steve Kay
(27 Feb 2012 - 18:45)
Oh, that's a shame, I'll have a word with the population of France, it's practically discrimination. They're all desperate to meet you, too.
- Peter Lutz
(12 Feb 2012 - 11:45)
I will not be visiting Paris until smoking is not allowed in restaurants.

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