Following the French governments decision to postpone potentially unpopular legislation banning smoking in bars and restaurants, the Ville de Paris is inviting Parisians to have their say online. The nine-part questionnaire on the town council website includes questions regarding the proposed ban, as well as requiring the respondent to give their age and sex and specify whether he/she is a smoker, non-smoker or ex-smoker. It also includes a mini-quiz about which European Union countries have already imposed a smoking ban in public places.

In France smoking is currently prohibited on most forms of public transport and in offices. According to a poll published last year by the weekly Journal du Dimanche and IFOP, around 80 per cent of the French population would support a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. The results of the survey will be posted on the town councils website by the end of June. For the questionnaire log on to www.paris.fr/portail/Solidarites/Portal.lut?page_id=98