Tobacco Directive

Tobacco Directive: Parliament approves plans to deter young people from smoking
Draft legislation updating the EU Tobacco Directive to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was endorsed by MEPs on 26 February 2014.
This legislation, already informally agreed with EU health ministers, would require all packs to carry picture warnings covering 65% of their surface. E-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products if they claim to help smokers to quit, or as tobacco products.

The text is to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 14 March. Member states would have to put the provisions on tobacco products into effect within two years of the updated directive’s date of entry into force.

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