Parliament adopts new EU tobacco rules
Members of the European Parliament voted today (26 February) to approve a deal reached with member states in December on new EU tobacco rules. The legislation will, controversially, tightly regulate the content and marketing of electronic cigarettes.
Today's vote, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by member states in the coming weeks, ends a long effort to revise EU tobacco rules which saw the resignation of former health commissioner John Dalli, unprecedented lobbying by tobacco companies and citizens demonstrations by so-called 'vapers' - users of electronic cigarettes.
The new legislation will require large pictorial warnings with unpleasant images covering 65% of cigarette packs. Characterising flavours - including menthol - will be banned.