EU calls for uniform action against smoking in public places across all states

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5431
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

    European Union member nations have approved a recommendation calling on all EU states to take legal action by 2012 to protect their citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke in enclosed workplaces, indoor public places, public transport, and other public areas.

    The recommendation, designed to bring the EU in line with international commitments under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, also advises member nations to do more to protect children from second hand smoke and to adopt measures to deter tobacco consumption, such as putting graphic colour photographs of cancerous body tissue on cigarette packages. The recommendation was approved on 30 November by the European Council, which includes …

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