Thursday, April 17, 2014





EU lawmakers to push ahead with anti-tobacco plans


October 08. 2013 1:36AM
Associated Press

Story Tools
PrintPrint | E-MailEMail | SaveSave | Hear Generate QR Code QR
Send to Kindle


(AP) European lawmakers are trying to tighten rules governing the multi-billion dollar tobacco market by imposing bigger and bolder warnings on cigarette packs, banning most flavorings like menthol and beefing up regulation of electronic cigarettes.


Lawmakers are set to vote on the sweeping legislation Tuesday after months of wrangling with tobacco lobbyists, who decry it as disproportionate regulation limiting consumer freedom, and officials advocating the benefits to public health.


Treatment of smoke-related diseases costs about 25 billion euro ($34 billion) a year, and the EU estimates that there are around 700,000 smoking-related deaths annually across the 28-nation bloc.


If a majority of lawmakers back the legislation, the European Parliament must still reach a compromise with EU governments on certain points before the rules can enter into force, possibly next year.


Associated Press


Comments
comments powered by Disqus Commenting Guidelines
Poll
Mortgage Minute


Search for New & Used Cars

Make 
Model
 
Used New All
 

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just the home you want!

Search Times Leader Classifieds to find just what you need!

Search Pet Classifieds
Dogs Cats Other Animals



Social Media/RSS
Times Leader on Twitter
Times Leader on Youtube
Times Leader on Google+
The Times Leader on Tumblr
The Times Leader on Pinterest
Times Leader RSS Feeds