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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.

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