Letters EU tobacco rules to deter young smokers

Impact of EU flavoured tobacco ban on waterpipe smoking

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2698 (Published 14 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2698
  1. Mohammed Jawad, honorary clinical research fellow1,
  2. Christopher Millett, reader in public health1
  1. 1Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London W6 8RP, UK
  1. mohammed.jawad06{at}imperial.ac.uk

We welcome the European Parliament’s decision to ban flavoured tobacco, among other measures, in a bid to curb smoking in young people.1 Importantly, however, this ban applies to cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco only—disappointingly, waterpipe tobacco is omitted. Waterpipe smoking is an increasingly popular and equally harmful form of tobacco use among young people in Europe,2 …

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