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The European Commission espouses a dual standard on its tobacco and smoking policies. On one hand in advocates protection of the fragile rural communites which survive on tobacco cultivation and on the other it invests large sums in persuading Europeans to either give up smoking or not to take it up. The Agricultre Council adopted a tobacco reform in June 1998 which places more emphasis on the quality of tobacco cultivated in Europe. The region of Xanthi in Northern Greece, illustrated in these video stockshots, is one of the typical areas where the possibility of growing tobacco protects a poor and fragile mountanious rural community. This video dossier illustrates the following points: I. Tobacco Production in Greece - Cultivation of Basma, oriental variety of tobacco in Northern Greece, Thrace - Interview with a tobacco farmer from Northern Greece, Thrace - Tobacco processing factory in Northern Greece, Thrace - Cultivation of Virginia tobacco in Southern Greece, Agrinion - Interview with Director of Purchase and Trade of the Greek National Tobacco Board, Mr Zografos, Athens II. Tobacco Production Reform - Protest by tobacco growers in Brussels, 17.12.97 - Commissioner Franz Fischler speaking on the tobacco reform, 18.12.97 III. Cigarette Production - Cigarette factory in Belgium IV. Smoking and Health - Smoking ban in public places - Smokers of different ages - Hospital treatments for smokers - Commissioner Pádraig Flynn speaking on the anti-smoking campaign, 18.12.97 V. Graphics - Percentage of smokers in the European Union - Evolution of tobacco-related deaths - Production of raw tobacco in the European Union - Global raw tobacco production - EU expenditure on tobacco subsidies - European Union tobacco consumption in relation to European Union tobacco imports

Type: Stockshot   Reference: I-006228   Date: 20/10/1997   Duration: 27:50
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