Informal Meeting of Minister for Health, Dublin: extracts from the press conference by James REILLY, Irish Minister for Health, and Tonio BORG, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland - Dublin Castle
End production: 05/03/2013 First transmission: 05/03/2013
On 5 March, James Reilly, Irish Minister for Health, and Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, held the press conference of the informal meeting of Minister for Health in Dublin.
The informal Council raised the issue of childhood obesity; working towards smoke free environments; children with complex developmental needs (including autism); and patient safety. The working lunch for Heads of Delegations provided an opportunity to discuss the impact of the economic crisis on health systems and consideration of policy responses.
The speakers underlined the need for a directive on cigarette packages. It should ban nice packets looking like perfumes boxes which aim at attracting young people.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Consumer Policy: First of all tobacco products should look like tobacco products, not just like candy or perfume making them attractive to the young. Don't forget that 63 % smokers began to do so under the age of 18. And also that tobacco should taste like tobacco, not flavour is the directive is approved.
||General view of press conference
||SOUNDBITE (English) James Reilly, Irish Minister for Health: And we know, as the Commissioner has said, 63 % of people surveyed who are smokers said they start smoking under the age of 18. And that is why this directive is so important. Something I saw in Europe, this is advertising.. This is a cigarette package, you can see that this is like a perfume bow, this is attractive. It has a nice colour; this has even the name of a leading fashion magazine on it. And there are 20 slim cigarettes in it. And this is trying to attack our children, particularly young girls to smoking. And what our directive will mean is that across EU, the people will see the reality, not advertisement. This is why smoking do to yours lungs. This is why this directive is so important.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Speakers leaving (3 shots)