Thursday, 10 October 2013

One last menthol cigarette?

This Tuesday, as re-scheduled (see our earlier post On lobbying in Brussels), a vote took place in the European Parliament on the proposal for a new tobacco products restrictions. The draft law suggests, for example, that the health warning on packaging should cover 65% of its surface (instead of current 30/40%). Additionally, flavoured cigarettes are to be banned and e-cigarettes are to be regulated (in the same way as tobacco products with regards to advertising and they could be sold only to consumers over 18 years old). (Tobacco: larger warnings, flavours banned, e-cigarettes regulated) Small cigarette packs (less than 20 cigarettes) would be banned. The idea behind these new revisions is that they would help prevent young people from taking up smoking by making it less attractive and less accessible. As we mentioned in our previous posts it remains to be seen whether these new rules will manage to be agreed on by all the European institutions prior to their term's ending.

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