Vote on manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco:
- extracts from the vote
- statement by Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK)
EP Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 10/07/2013 First transmission: 10/07/2013
Members of the Environment Committee voted on tougher marketing rules for tobacco. New voted regulations include covering 75% of cigarette packs with warnings and banning flavourings such as menthol. Rapporteur Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK) expressed her hope that today's vote will lead to a severe drop in the number of young smokers in the future years. European Commission proposed to eliminate attractive tobacco branding in a directive last year, arguing such branding was designed to recruit a new generation of younger smokers to replace those who die of smoking-related sicknesses each year. Europe holds the highest proportion of smokers in all the regions of the globe, according to the World Health Organization.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament in Brussels
||Ambiance shots during the voting process of amendments (10 shots)
||The Chairman announces the results of the vote on the draft report as amended: 71 in total, 51 in favour, 12 against, 8 abstentions.
||The Chairman announces the results of the vote on the draft legislative resolution as a whole: 71 in total, 50 in favour, 13 against, 8 abstentions.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), Rapporteur: "I am very pleased with the vote we had today in the European Parliament, the vote should make a huge difference in terms of stopping a new generation of smokers from being recruited. In the Parliament today MEPs voted to have large warnings on cigarette packages. We voted to ban flavouring like chocolate, strawberry, menthol from all cigarettes because these are the tools with which they usually recruit young people. So we will ban the lipstick packages and the slim cigarettes. Obviously now we have to negotiate with ministers, but I think we made a big step forward in terms of public health today."