Rising alcohol and tobacco use among French teensby Ivano Abbadessa - 2013.10.07
France's anti-smoking and drinking policies to combat consumption among the young have failed. Sixteen and 17 year olds are actually now smoking and drinking more than in 2009, when the ban on selling alcohol and tobacco to the under-18s came into effect. The law was an attempt to reverse the growing trend of binge drinking. Until a few years ago, the phenomenon was associated mainly with young people in Anglo-Saxon countries. The data published by the Observatory on drugs and addictions represent a major blow to France's healthcare policies. However, they have already identified those responsible for the ban's lack of success: shopkeepers. According to the study, more than one-third of the shopkeepers selling alcohol and tobacco never ask the customer for ID. Authorities were also found lacking and don't carry out checks on a sufficiently regular basis.
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