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EU brings in new tobacco rules to deter young smokers

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 03 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1895
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

The European Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed European Union legislation on 26 February that will impose new rules on the manufacture, production, and presentation of tobacco products in a bid to deter young people from taking up smoking.

In future, manufacturers will have to place prominent picture and text warnings on cigarette packets; e-cigarettes will be regulated; and flavourings to make tobacco more attractive will be banned.

Welcoming the parliament’s seal of approval of the Tobacco Products Directive, Tonio Borg, the EU public health commissioner, said, “It is all the more significant considering the …

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