There is no excuse not to enshrine better tobacco control laws in the new Tobacco Products Directive, since there is no ambiguity as to the need for action and the availability of effective policies, says Dr Katrín Fjeldsted.
Dr Katrín Fjeldsted is the President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME).
Smoking is harmful to health – unconditionally. The morbidity and mortality caused by tobacco consumption and exposure to its emissions undeniably poses an immense social and economic burden on Europe. In particular, because this harm could be prevented.
Tobacco control laws are intended to counteract some of this harm. The extent of tobacco’s damaging effects merits the very strictest of legal frameworks in which its production and sale is permitted.