The European Parliament (EP) voted this month (8 October 2013) to tighten tobacco regulations in Europe.
The vote followed a proposal from the European Commission, known as the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), which suggested a number of measures to regulate tobacco products to protect public health – specifically aiming to reduce the attractiveness of smoking for young people.
Although the EP voted to support the TPD, a number of measures in the initial proposal were significantly diluted.
The EP agreed:
The EP rejected the proposal to regulate electronic cigarettes as medicinal products.
President of the ERS, Professor Peter Barnes, said: “We are pleased that the European Parliament has voted to tighten tobacco control laws, although disappointed that some measures have been diluted. We believe the vote this week is a positive step, leading to further negotiations with the Council and we hope for the legislation to be adopted before the May 2014 European elections.”
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