Tobacco

In Focus: Sinclair Davidson
Health 14-12-2017

In Focus: Sinclair Davidson on plain packaging

Professor Sinclair Davidson from RMIT University in Australia joins EURACTIV's Brian Maguire to talk about the plain packaging policy for tobacco products introduced in Australia five years ago.

Health 09-06-2017

The slippery slope of consumer goods regulation

Over the past few years, a series of restrictions on fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) have been imposed across the world, including in several European countries.

Alcohol 10-05-2017

Regulating consumers, ensuring public health?

Soft drinks, food, tobacco, alcohol and e-cigarettes are among the most regulated consumer products in Europe.

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Health 26-02-2014

EU Parliament approves tougher anti-tobacco laws

Increasing the size of health warnings on cigarette packets, banning flavours and new regulation on electronic cigarettes. These are some of the measures that MEPs approved on Wednesday as part of stricter EU laws on selling and marketing tobacco products.

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Health 18-12-2013

EU’s new tobacco directive agreed

The EU's Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) was agreed on Wednesday (18 December), after the issue of whether refillable e-cigarettes should be regulated as general sale or medicines has been solved.
While a compromise was reached between the Parliament and the Council on Monday night (16 December), it still had to be approved by EU member states as it went beyond the mandate given to the Lithuanian government, negotiating on behalf of the EU countries.

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Euroepean Commission on Dalligate

The leader of the European Parliament's largest political group, the European Peoples’ Party (EPP), said yesterday (11 June) the European Commission should “force” the resignation of the head of the EU anti-fraud office, OLAF, over his handling of the case against former commissioner John Dalli.

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Economy & Jobs 27-05-2013

The EU’s Illegal Tobacco Market: The problem, the consequences and effective solutions

In 2011, KPMG estimated that the annual consumption of illegal cigarettes in the EU was 65.3 billion cigarettes. This was the highest ever recorded level and the fifth consecutive yearly increase. KPMG estimated the annual EU-wide tax loss due to cigarette smuggling to be approximately 11.3 billion euros.

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Health 05-03-2013

Borg on Tobacco and Horsemeat

The Commissioner for health and consumer affairs tells EURACTIV that the horsemeat scandal should be seen for what it is: a fraud rather than a flaw in the regulation. He favours introducing tougher penalties for such incidents, but believes food labelling should be kept as a separate issue.

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Health 27-02-2013

EU lawmakers ready to confront tobacco industry ‘Goliath’

Four months after health commissioner John Dalli resigned over alleged industry attempts to influence the EU Tobacco Products Directive, European lawmakers are preparing to re-examine the draft legislation.

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Health 23-10-2012

Dalli’s position ‘politically untenable’, says EU

  The European Commission said on Monday that it was "pollitically untenable" for John Dalli to remain the EU Health Commissioner. Dalli resigned last week after an anti-fraud investigation linked him to attemps to influence EU tobacco legislation. The ex-commissioner denies any wrongdoing. "It was politically untenable for Mr. Dalli to remain in his sensitive function. He stopped …