June 18, 1996 in Nation/World

Subway Smokers Get Sweet Alternative

Compiled From Wire Services

City transit officials are hoping chocolates will work where no smoking laws failed: in the Paris subways.

Paris Regional Transit Authority agents began handing out bonbons last month in hopes of persuading smokers to wait until they’re above ground to light up.

Smoking is forbidden in the Paris subway system, with violators subject to $20 fines. The laws are difficult to enforce in Paris, where smoking remains extremely popular.

The transit authority hopes its friendly offer of a chocolate candy will get smokers to stop and clear the corridors of their choking haze.

Nationwide, roughly one in two French men and one in three women smoke.

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