Bbc news — tough eu smoking rules approved

«The new rules will help to reduce the number of people who start smoking in the EU.

«These measures put an end to products which entice children and teenagers into starting to smoke in the European Union.»

Simon Clark, the director of the pro smoking campaign group Forest, said banning menthol cigarettes was a ban on consumer choice that «will do little» to deter children from smoking.

He also questioned the need for plain packaging legislation to remove any branding from packs, which is being considered in some EU countries, including the UK.

Uniform or plain packs have been introduced in Australia

«If health warnings are going to be even more prominent, dominating both sides of the pack, why on Earth do we need plain packaging?» he asked.

«At the very least the government should wait and see what impact the larger warnings have before introducing standardised packs which are opposed by so many people.»

The commission said plain packaging could go ahead when «justified on grounds of public health».

Cancer Research UK’s head of tobacco policy, Alison Cox, said «Today is a great day for health. The Tobacco Products Directive sets standards on tobacco which will bring real benefits for people’s health in the UK and across Europe.»

Archie Turnbull, the president the Smoke Free Partnership, said «Today marks a genuine turning point for European tobacco control and a huge stride towards a tobacco free Europe.»

England’s Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, said «Today’s vote in the European Parliament to support new Europe wide controls on tobacco is good news for people’s health.

«The Government is serious about reducing smoking rates and in particular stopping children from taking up smoking. I am very pleased that we have made a significant step towards further tough action on tobacco in the UK and across Europe.»

E-cigarettes are attracting non-smokers to nicotine, eu warns

A PRECIOUS aid to many smokers in their efforts to quit, e cigarettes are nonetheless likely to attract non smokers and lead to higher rates of nicotine addiction, cautions the European Commission in its «E cigarettes Myth Buster» report.

Electronic cigarettes encourage smoking behaviours, the EU’s governing body observes, citing recent studies suggesting that «e cigarettes are increasingly used by non smokers and young people.»

A French study carried out in 2013, for example, indicated that the number of Parisian students who had tried vaping had doubled during the year to reach 18 percent.

And users become more likely to try out traditional tobacco products once they have tried out smoking behaviours and experienced a nicotine buzz through vaping.

Nonetheless, there is some evidence that e cigarettes, the health effects of which are largely unknown, can help smokers to give up their bad habit.

Smokers looking to wean themselves off of nicotine with the device should start with an appropriately dosed e liquid. The maximum strength authorized for sale is typically 20mg/ml.

Though most smokers will find they can quit with this dosage or a much lower one, very heavy smokers can obtain a prescription for a higher dosage from a doctor if needed. AFP Relaxnews