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Code of Public Health

October 7, 1953
COMMENTS: The Code of Public Health is the collection of law which determines the scope of the right of public health in France. It includes a part on law related to particular diseases and addiction, including addiction to tobacco. The Code of Public Health was first created in 1953 and is continuously amended by various legal instruments.

The link to the Code of Public Health on Legifrance.gouv.fr provides the most up-to-date version of the Code of Public Health. In this format, the Code of Public Health is available only in French.
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Decree No. 82478 of May 29, 1992 Setting the Conditions on the Application of the Ban on Smoking in Places Intended for Public Use

May 29, 1992
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Order of December 31, 1992 Establishing the Characteristics of Posters for Advertising of Tobacco in Tobacco Shops (as amended)

December 31, 1992
COMMENTS: The Order of December 31, 1992 was repealed by the Order of September 6, 2016 Concerning Signage at Tobacco Shops.
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General Tax Code, Article 283, Annex 2 (as amended)

October 11, 1996
COMMENTS: Article 283 Annex 2 of the General Tax Code establishes that tobacco retailers are not allowed to receive any incentive or other direct or indirect advantage other than tobacco retailer income, which is expressed as a part of the sale price.
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Tax Code Article 56 AQ on Required Notices (Other than Health-related) on Tobacco Packages (as amended)

June 11, 2002
Note: This law has not been reviewed by our legal staff and was not relied upon for purposes of our analysis. We are providing it here for informational purposes only.
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Order of March 5, 2003 on Maximum Content of Tar, Nicotine and Carbon Monoxide in Cigarettes, Methods of Analysis, Provisions for Writing these Contents and Verification of the Accuracy of Notices on Packages, as well as Arrangements for Writing Health Warnings on Packaging for Tobacco Products (as amended)

March 5, 2003
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General Tax Code Article 575 on Tobacco Fees and Taxes

December 30, 2003
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Decree No. 2004-68 of January 16, 2004 issued drawn from an application of the first paragraph of the General Tax Code with respect to retailers of tobacco and resellers

January 16, 2004
COMMENTS: Decree No. 2004-68 establishes the conditions under which retailers and resellers of tobacco products must operate. The decree covers ordinary tobacco shops, specialty tobacco shops, and temporary tobacco shops and addresses issues such as licensing and management.
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Order of May 27, 2004 Concerning Procedures for the Printing of Health Warnings on Packaging Units of Cigarette Rolling Paper

May 27, 2004
COMMENTS: Order of May 27, 2004 Concerning Procedures for the Printing of Health Warnings on Packaging Units of Cigarette Rolling Paper was superseded by Order of May 19, 2016, Concerning Procedures for the Printing of Health Warnings on Packaging Units of Tobacco Products, Vaping Products, Smoking Products Derived from Plants Other Than Tobacco and Cigarette Rolling Papers.
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Decree No. 2004-949 of September 6, 2004 Concerning the Prohibition of the Sale of Tobacco to Minors Under 16

September 6, 2004
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Circular of November 29, 2006, Concerning the Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Common Use

November 29, 2006
COMMENTS: The Circular of November 29, 2006 explains the scope of the prohibition on smoking in places of common use, defining what constitutes enclosed public places and workplaces and public transport under the law. In addition, the Circular provides technical standards for designated smoking rooms, where permitted, and further details about sanctions and enforcement of the smoking ban.
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Circular of December 12, 2006, Concerning the Campaign for Tobacco Control in Social and Medical-Social Establishments Ensuring Intake and Accommodation Mentioned in Paragraphs 6, 7, 8 and 9 of Section I of Article L312-of the Code of Social Action and Families

February 1, 2007
COMMENTS: The Circular of December 12, 2006 establishes the parameters of the smoking ban in social and medical-social facilities. Enclosed public areas are required to be 100% smoke free, but smoking is permitted in some patient rooms due to their private nature, subject to some restrictions.
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Circular No. DGS/MC2/2008/292 of September 17, 2008, Concerning Procedures for the Implementation of the Second Phase of the Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Common Use

September 17, 2008
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Order of April 15, 2010, Concerning Procedures for the Writing of Health Warnings on Units of Packaging of Tobacco Products

April 15, 2010
COMMENTS: Order of April 15, 2010 was superseded by Order of May 19, 2016, Concerning Procedures for the Printing of Health Warnings on Packaging Units of Tobacco Products, Vaping Products, Smoking Products Derived from Plants Other Than Tobacco and Cigarette Rolling Papers.
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General Tax Code, Article 570 (as amended)

April 27, 2010
COMMENTS: Article 570 of the General Tax Code establishes the obligations of tobacco suppliers.
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Order of May 28, 2010 Establishing a Model of the Notice Required under Article D3511-15 of the Public Health Code (Prohibiting Sales to Minors)

May 28, 2010
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Order of December 1, 2010 Establishing the Models for Signs Called for by Article R3511-6 of the Code of Public Health

December 1, 2010
COMMENTS: The Order of December 1, 2010 establishes the requirements of and provides models for the signs required to be posted under Article R3511-6.
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Circular of August 3, 2011 Concerning Measures for Tobacco Control Set Forth in Law No. 2009-879 of July 21, 2009 Concerning Reform of Hospitals Relating to Patients, Health and the Territories

August 3, 2011
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Circular No. DGS/MC2/2014/273 of September 25, 2014 on the regulation of advertising of electronic vapor devices

September 25, 2014
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Commission Delegated Directive 2014/109/EU of October 10, 2014 amending Annex II to Directive 2014/40/EU by establishing the library of picture warnings to be used on tobacco products

January 4, 2015
COMMENTS: Commission Delegated Directive 2014/109/EU of October 10, 2014 contains images to be used with the corresponding authorized text to constitute the pictorial health warnings contained in Administrative Order of May 19, 2016.
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Administrative Order of March 21, 2016, on Conditions for Neutrality and Uniformity of Packaging and Paper for Cigarettes and Rolling Tobacco (consolidated on May 31, 2016)

March 21, 2016
COMMENTS: The Administrative Order of March 21, 2016 from the Minister of Health provides the specific standardized packaging requirements for implementing Decree No. 2016-334 of March 21, 2016. It specifies packaging color; placement, format, content and color of permissible text; and other elements of tobacco product packaging.
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Order of May 19, 2016 on Vapor Products Containing Nicotine

May 19, 2016
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Decree No. 2016-334 of March 21, 2016 Concerning Neutral [Standardized] Packaging of Certain Tobacco Products

May 20, 2016
COMMENTS: Decree No. 2016-334 of March 21, 2016 implements Article L3511-6-1, which was amended to transpose the European Union tobacco products directive into French law. It contains the standardized packaging requirements, which are then further detailed in the consolidated Administrative Order of March 21, 2016. Note: these provisions have since been renumbered in the Code of Public Health by Decree No. 2016­-1117 of August 11, 2016.
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Order No. 2016-623 of May 19, 2016, Concerning Transposition of Directive 2014/40/EU on the Manufacture, Display and Sale of Tobacco Products and Related Products

May 20, 2016
COMMENTS: Order No. 2016-623 of May 19, 2016 transposes the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014 (Directive 2014/40/EU) into national law by amending the Code of Public Health (Articles L3511 to L3515). Among other things, it requires plain packaging, amends provisions on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, amends provisions related to smoking in public places, and adopts regulations on electronic cigarettes (vaping) and non-tobacco smoking products.
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Decree No. 2016­-1117 of August 11, 2016, on the Manufacture, Display, Sale and Use of Tobacco Products, Vaping Products and Products for Smoking Made from Plants Other Than Tobacco

August 12, 2016
COMMENTS: Decree No. 2016­-1117 of August 11, 2016, on the Manufacture, Display, Sale and Use of Tobacco Products, Vaping Products and Products for Smoking Made from Plants Other Than Tobacco implements the EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014 (Directive 2014/40/EU). It amends and renumbers several sections of the Code of Public Health (Articles R3511 to R3515). These sections of the Code address, among other things, the ban on smoking in public places and designated smoking areas, standardized packaging and labeling, and penalties for smoking offenses.
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Administrative Order of September 6, 2016 on Signage for Tobacco Shops

September 6, 2016
COMMENTS: Administrative Order of September 6, 2016 on Signage for Tobacco Shops specifies the characteristics of signs permitted to be displayed at tobacco shops. This order repeals the Order of December 31, 1992 (as amended), which had permitted posters to be displayed in the interior of tobacco points of sale.
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Administrative Order of May 19, 2016, Concerning Procedures for the Printing of Health Warnings on Packaging Units of Tobacco Products, Vaping Products, Smoking Products Derived from Plants Other than Tobacco and Cigarette Rolling Papers

January 1, 2017
COMMENTS: Administrative Order of May 19, 2016 concerning procedures for the printing of health warnings on packaging units of tobacco products, vaping products, smoking products derived from plants other than tobacco and cigarette rolling papers implements EU Tobacco Products Directive 2014 (Directive 2014/40/EU) and regulates the size, content, and format of health warnings on tobacco products, vaping products, non-tobacco smoking products, and cigarette rolling papers. Tobacco product packaging (with the exception of cigars) must comply with this order beginning January 1, 2017; packaging of cigars must comply beginning May 20, 2017.
To the best of our knowledge, all laws provided here are in effect as of January 5th 2017, unless otherwise noted.
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