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(Jul 23, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the European Parliament's Committee on Environment and Public Health endorsed new, stricter rules on cigarette distribution and marketing previously put forward by the European Commission. The new proposed directive is designed to make smoking less attractive to youth by prohibiting the use of "characterized" flavors, such as strawberry or menthol, in tobacco products. In addition, it bans the use of caffeine and vitamins, although it allows the addition of sugar. (Public Health Committee MEPs Toughen Up Plans to Deter Young People from Smoking, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT/NEWS (July 10, 2013).)
The Committee proposed two significant amendments to the draft directive:
With regard to the labeling or packaging of any tobacco product, the draft directive provides that the labeling must not give the impression to consumers that a particular tobacco product is less harmful than others and the package must not look like a food item or a cosmetic product. (
(a) a requirement that health warnings cover 75% of both sides of a cigarette pack; and
(b) a prohibition of slim cigarettes of a diameter of less than 7.5mm, and of "lipstick packs," the pretty packaging in which such cigarettes are marketed. (
|Author:||Theresa Papademetriou More by this author|
|Topic:||Tobacco and smoking More on this topic|
|Jurisdiction:||European Union More about this jurisdiction|
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Last updated: 07/23/2013