Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis strongly criticised the tobacco industry on Thursday (19 May), saying it “only kills people”, while expressing his opposition to the renewal of an agreement to counter cigarette smuggling in the EU.
Vaping is a zero-cost, consumer-driven solution to fight smoking that should get public health regulators excited. Instead, the EU has adopted legislation that severely limits advertising for vaping, writes Marc Michelsen.
The EU's top court on Wednesday (4 May) ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.
Commission health chief Vytenis Andriukaitis wants the European Commission to be more transparent when it comes to tobacco lobbying and warned that EU institutions faced losing citizen's trust if no action was taken.
Finland is the most heavily regulated country in Europe when it comes to alcohol, food and drinks, e-cigarettes and tobacco laws, followed by Sweden, the UK and Ireland, according to a new Nanny State Index published on Tuesday (5 April).
The European Commission fails to meet United Nations transparency obligations over tobacco lobbying the EU Ombudsman has found, in the latest of a string of embarrassments over the executive’s relationship with Big Tobacco.
The European Commission has denied that heavily redacted documents about meetings with Big Tobacco companies have anything to do with EU-US trade talks for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).
The Addis Ababa action plan recommends raising taxes on tobacco to finance sustainable development. In the Philippines, a 340% tobacco tax hike helped fund a universal health insurance programme. EURACTIV France reports.
Following the EU’s failure to introduce neutral tobacco packaging, a group of ten countries has come together to promote the popular measure and counter the influence of Big Tobacco. EURACTIV France reports.
It is almost two years to the day that Commission President José Manuel Barroso sacked his Public Health Commissioner John Dalli after a tobacco lobbying scandal. Green MEPs Bart Staes and José Bové reflect on why the Barroso Commission's legacy will be one where lobbying, conflicts of interests and corporate interests took over European decision making. They discuss if that legacy will live on in the negotiations over TTIP.
Something is wrong with the punitive nature with which most of the world approaches tobacco and nicotine regulation. In contrast, the harm reduction approach taking shape in the US, if properly implemented, could put a huge dent in tobacco related disease, argues Jeff Stier.
The UK’s leading electronic cigarette manufacturer, Totally Wicked, has launched a legal challenge to the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) on the grounds that Article 20 of the Directive breaches EU law.
Poland will appeal to Europe's top court over a European Union ban on flavoured tobacco products, saying it will be unfairly affected as one of the region's biggest consumers and producers of menthol cigarettes.
John Dalli, the former EU health commissioner, challenged EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso in court on Monday (7 July), declaring he was unfairly forced out of his job and maintaining his innocence in a graft scandal.
Almost two years after the 'Dalligate' scandal, MEPs and transparency campaigners are criticising the European Commission for dragging its feet in implementing WHO transparency rules regulating contacts between policymakers and the tobacco industry.