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.
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
Plans to tackle the problem of illicit tobacco by using track and trace technologies are gathering momentum among European policymakers. But Juan Yañez warns that concerns about the type and timing of the technology need to be raised.
The considerable problems posed by the illicit trade in tobacco products are widely recognised, yet agreeing on how to provide an effective solution is still the subject of deliberation and delays, writes Nicola Sudan.
The trade in illicit tobacco is a massive problem, but the European Commission has been presented with a golden opportunity to strike a blow against the smugglers. But it must look long-term, writes Eric Lequenne.
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.