Mixed reaction to European Parliament decision on tobacco products directive
There was a mixed reaction to the decision by the European Parliament to proceed with the EU’s tobacco products directive, with one anti-smoking group accusing MEPs of bowing to pressure from lobbyists.
MEPs voted yesterday on a common position on the directive, which aims to tighten up tobacco legislation across the European Union, amid allegations of intensive lobbying in Brussels by the tobacco industry over the past few months.
Although the directive paves the way for an increase in the size of health warnings on packets and the elimination of “10-pack” cigarettes, the position adopted by the European Parliament yesterday deviates significantly from the original European Commission proposal.
While MEPs voted to ban menthol cigarettes, the introduction of the full ban will not start until 2022.