Tighter controls for tobacco products approved
The European Parliament has voted to tighten controls on tobacco products in order to make it harder for young people to start smoking.
However, a significant campaign by the tobacco industry resulted in some measures being either watered-down or rejected.
MEPs in Strasbourg earlier rejected a proposal to re-classify electronic cigarettes as medicinal products, which would have resulted in much tighter regulation.
While they did vote in favour of banning flavored cigarettes, they wanted a long phase-in period.
In the case of menthol cigarettes, they voted for the ban starting in 2022.