"Passive smoking kills. Who claims the contrary is fooling the others or himself," said Commissioner Markos Kyprianou, presenting the Commission's Green Paper on smoke-free environments on 30 January 2007.
The Green Paper, Towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke: policy options at EU level, launches a wide public debate on the best way to tackle passive smoking in the EU - the Commission wants to know what role it is expected to play in this respect and what policy option the different stakeholders prefer.
The policy options range from the current status quo to introducing "binding legislation". Somewhere in between lie voluntary measures and self-regulation, use of co-ordination to converge national smoke-free legislations and Commission or Council recommendations.
Of these options, a "comprehensive smoke-free policy would bring the greatest health benefit to the population", concludes the Green Paper.