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Economy & Jobs 17-10-2018

Study finds rising illicit cigarette trade on social media

Social media and delivery services have become new outlets for organised crime activities when it comes to illicit cigarette trade, according to a new study that has raised eyebrows among EU policymakers.
Health 04-10-2018

Commission remains ‘very cautious’ toward novel tobacco products, EU official says

The European Commission remains “cautious” toward novel tobacco products and has to continue collecting evidence on their impact on public health, according to a European Commission official. EURACTIV.com reports from Austria.
Economy & Jobs 04-10-2018

MEP: France is wrong to shun OLAF in tackling tobacco smuggling

France and other countries that need help tackling the rising illicit tobacco trade should ask for assistance from the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), according to Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský.
Health 04-09-2018

JTI boss: EU Scientific Advisory Mechanism could adjust tobacco directive to reality

The next European Commission should enhance its collaboration with the EU’s Scientific Advisory Mechanism (SAM), which would provide bias-free consultancy and eventually adjust the Tobacco Product Directive to the reality, JTI’s Ramunas Macius said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.  
Health 05-06-2018

WHO and EU clash with tobacco industry over plain packaging effectiveness

The drive to impose plain packaging on tobacco products, in the hope of discouraging current and potential smokers, has pitted the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the EU against the tobacco industry.
Health 04-06-2018

Plain packaging: ‘Brand-theft’ or better consumer protection?

The rising trend of imposing plain packaging on unhealthy products has raised eyebrows in the industry, which fears that its brands are under threat. The World Health Organisation, on the other hand, insists that the measure provides a long-term benefit for public health.
Health 24-05-2018

The EU is no progressive free trader: It’s exporting chronic diseases to Latin America

If the EU truly wants to be the global progressive trading power, it needs to make sure its trade policy does not promote ill-health, and instead makes a real contribution to the SDGs, writes George Thurley.
Health 03-05-2018

Andriukaitis: E-cigarettes under thorough scrutiny, and not the way to stop smoking

Electronic cigarettes are currently known for being “less damaging” than traditional smoking but they still cause harm and people should not use them to cut smoking, EU health chief told EURACTIV.com.
Health 23-01-2018

Australia proves that EU tobacco plain packaging will fail

Plain packaging policy has been unsuccessful in reducing smoking rates and health-care costs in Australia and it will fail to do so in Europe too, writes Sinclair Davidson.  
Health 16-01-2018

Commission opposes excise tax on e-cigarettes and novel tobacco products, for now

Due to limited data, the European Commission decided to not propose a  harmonised approach for excise taxation of e-cigarettes and other novel tobacco products until further information about these products is available.
Economy & Jobs 04-12-2017

Angry tobacco industry asks Andriukaitis for ‘transparent dialogue’

The tobacco industry is fuming at EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis following his statement that manufacturers are “silent” over illicit trade.
Health 30-11-2017

EU health boss Andriukaitis ‘does not listen’

EU Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis and his services have systematically refused meaningful dialogue and appropriate consultations, Peter van der Mark writes in reaction to an interview published on EURACTIV.com
Economy & Jobs 10-10-2017

Commission hits back at criticism over tobacco track and trace proposal

The European Commission’s proposal for a tobacco track and trace system is fully in line with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) provisions, as it gives control over the system to the member states and not the tobacco industry, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.
Health 30-08-2017

Commission: Plain tobacco packaging does not damage the economy

A European Commission spokesperson has told EURACTIV.com that any loss in the tobacco industry’s turnover arising from health warnings or plain packaging should be offset against the cost of treating people with smoking-related diseases.
Health 22-06-2017

Tobacco makers denounce ‘brand theft’ from plain packaging

The trend towards imposing plain packaging on tobacco products has made industry executives furious and denounce “Brussels-led overregulation” that effectively leads to "brand theft".
Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.
Giovanni Kessler

EU anti-fraud chief loses immunity in Dalligate row

The Director-General of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity and could face questioning by Belgian investigators in a case linked to the 2012 resignation of a European Commissioner in a lobbying scandal, officials said Thursday (10 March).
Trade & Society 10-03-2016

Parliament votes to cut ties with Philip Morris

The majority of MEPs oppose the renewal of an EU agreement with Philip Morris to fight the trade in illegal tobacco. The Commission will make its decision on 16 March. EURACTIV France reports.

Commission snubs watchdog’s demand for Big Tobacco transparency

The European Commission has snubbed an EU watchdog’s demand for more transparency in the executive’s dealings with Big Tobacco, drawing further criticism from the European Ombudsman. 

Tobacco lobby stubs out total German tobacco ad ban

The ambitious plans of the Federal Minister for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Christian Schmidt, to ban tobacco advertising have been scaled back. Critics have cited pressure from the tobacco industry. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

Commission in breach of UN tobacco lobbying rules, says EU Ombudsman

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.