French Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau advised Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne not to use an electronic cigarette in parliament, and her habit was criticized by opposition MPs last week.
A member of the radical left, Karolin Fia, criticized the Prime Minister last Wednesday for using an electronic cigarette while she was presenting to the MPs a proposal for a vote of no confidence in the government.
The Prime Minister uses a disposable electronic cigarette on many occasions in public, as well as in Parliament.
"Using an electronic cigarette in parliament is worthy of all contempt," said the opposition MP.
That is why the Minister of Health advised the Prime Minister not to do this in the Parliament anymore. Rousseau said that the use of that cigarette is probably not allowed under the rules of parliament.
"We should all quit smoking. The minister is a former smoker who now uses an electronic cigarette. My struggle when it comes to young people is to not offer them electronic cigarettes with colored smoke and various aromas," said the Minister of Health.
On Monday, Parliament will discuss a bill banning the use of disposable electronic cigarettes, which are very popular among young people.