A test program is being launched by the mayor of Paris, France that could result in a smoking ban in all the parks within the City of Lights.
Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who took office on April 5, announced the program on Sunday, and according to RFI will select one park in which smoking will be banned to gauge citizens’ response. While the mayor did not announce which park would be chosen, Le Parisien reports it will be in the city’s 14th arrondissement.
French Health Minister Marisol Touraine has already gone on record as saying that she would like to see smoking banned in all beaches and public parks, as well on sidewalks outside of schools. The move comes as part of an effort to reduce the county’s 33% smoking rate, while HIdalgo added that she wants to see the litter from cigarette butts reduced.
Paris is home to nearly 2.25 million people within the city limits, with its metropolitan area population exceeding 12 million.