Member states back new EU tobacco rules
The European Union's member states today (14 March) gave final approval to a revision of rules on tobacco products that tighten the content and marketing of both cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.
The European Parliament had already given its approval in a vote last month so today's decision by the Council of Ministers – given without discussion at a meeting of transport ministers – means the new law can enter into force in May. Member states will then have two years to bring their national legislation into line with the revised EU law. This means that most of the new rules will apply from early 2016.