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European system of #TobaccoTraceability and security features operational

European system of #TobaccoTraceability and security features operational

| May 21, 2019

The European system of tobacco traceability and security features has become operational. The first producers in the EU have requested and received traceability markings for cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco products. This means that consumers will soon see new traceability markings on the packs, together with the required security features. The markings will enable national authorities to track […]

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Spotlight on #TobaccoControl in #Bucharest, but industry disinformation persists

Spotlight on #TobaccoControl in #Bucharest, but industry disinformation persists

| April 18, 2019

Romania, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, hosted the 4th annual meeting of the European Network for Smoking Prevention (ENSP) from March 27th to 29th in Bucharest. The event allowed representatives from every corner of the public health sector to discuss how to optimise tobacco control strategies. Academics from Harvard rubbed shoulders with Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, while […]

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#EP Debate: We need to put the reins on Big Tobacco

#EP Debate: We need to put the reins on Big Tobacco

| February 1, 2019

As always, the devil is in the details. That was the overall conclusion of a public hearing on the illicit tobacco trade in Europe organized by MEP Cristian Silviu Bușoi in the European Parliament on January 29th.  Bușoi has emerged as one of the most vocal MEPs in the on-going fight to decouple the European […]

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The EU cracks down on #Tobacco, but does it go far enough?

The EU cracks down on #Tobacco, but does it go far enough?

| January 15, 2019

New reports suggesting that Germany will back the European Commission’s crackdown on tobacco waste are just the latest sign that Europe is taking increasingly decisive action on cigarettes. Activists will no doubt cheer comments from German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze that those who produce tobacco filters (and other disposable plastic products) should fund the clean-up […]

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Commission steps up fight against #IllicitTobaccoTrade

Commission steps up fight against #IllicitTobaccoTrade

| December 11, 2018

The Commission has  adopted an Action Plan to enable the European Union to continue fighting illegal tobacco trade, a phenomenon that deprives it and its member states of roughly €10 billion of public revenue every year. The Action Plan outlines concrete steps to address both the supply of and the demand for illegal tobacco products. […]

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#Snus – #ECJ, politically charged, opposes harm-reduction

#Snus – #ECJ, politically charged, opposes harm-reduction

| December 3, 2018

The European Court of Justice decided against overturning the EU-wide ban on the smokeless tobacco snus. The ruling displays a political public health motivation, writes Bill Wirtz. In January last year, the New Nicotine Alliance (NNA) appealed against the 1992 EU-ban on the smokeless tobacco snus. Snus is powdered tobacco, often sold in pre-packed bags […]

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How the European Union plays the #Tobacco industry’s game

How the European Union plays the #Tobacco industry’s game

| October 30, 2018

Last week, tobacco industry giant Philip Morris launched a campaign telling its customers to stop smoking. The company says its ‘Hold My Light’ campaign, which links to a website where smokers who want to quit can seek support, is “an important next step [to] ultimately stop selling cigarettes”. Yet, far from accepting that the tobacco […]

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