Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products:
- extracts from the report by Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK)
EPRef94534 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle
Lieu: European Parliament, Strasbourg
End production: 08/10/2013 First transmission: 08/10/2013
Making tobacco less attractive to young people
A proposed law to make tobacco less attractive to young people, inter alia by banning sweet or fruity flavours, is to be put to a vote on Tuesday. The draft, as amended by the Public Health Committee, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Starsbourg
||SOUNDBITE (English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), EP Rapporteur "May be products such as these have something to do with it. Nice,pink,lipstick products aimed at recruiting young girls as smokers, products with flowers on them, chocolate filter papers. We have got to stop the tobacco companies using gimmicky products like these to recruit young people."
||SOUNDBITE ( English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), EP Rapporteur "So don't please vote for reducing the size of warning to 50%, that is a key demand by the tobacco industry and we would put ourselves behind of EU countries today."
||SOUNDBITE ( English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), EP Rapporteur," The warning should be at the top of the package, visible at the point of display, not hidden at the bottom by the display."
||SOUNDBITE ( English) Linda McAVAN (S&D, UK), EP Rapporteur,"It would be to me totally unacceptable if now this Parliament held up with legislation. How do we explain that to our voters? So colleagues please support that legislation and please let us start negotiations. Thank you"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vytenis Povilas ANDRIUKAITIS, EU Council Presidency," It is our collective responsibility to respond to this challenge now and to ensure that the public health interest prevails over the narrow interest of the tobacco industry."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vytenis Povilas ANDRIUKAITIS, EU Council Presidency," Your decision on a mandate to start negotiations with the Council represents another key step in moving this legislation forward. The presidency is fully committed to entering into negotiations as soon as the Parliament has voted its amendments."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Vytenis Povilas ANDRIUKAITIS , EU Council Presidency, "The revision of this Directive would send an important signal that Europe is ready to take the lead in tackling the problem of smoking which is such a blight on our society. Thank you very much indeed for your attention." (Applause from the Chamber)
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tonio BORG, European Commission," We would like to reduce the number of smokers by 2%over the next 5 years"
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tonio BORG , European Commission, "Our proposals also includes rules for package shape and appearance to ensure that packages display properly the health warnings and second the Commission proposes to prohibit tobacco products with characterizing flavours. No more vanilla flavour cigarettes, chocolate flavour cigarettes, or menthol flavoured cigarettes."
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tonio BORG, European Commission," Today an electronic cigarette is less strictly regulated than a shower gel or a bottle of soap despite being a product designed to inhale nicotine and other substances directly into the lungs."
||SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Tonio BORG , European Commission,"76% of EU citizens support large mandatory picture warnings, 75% asks us to take measures against illicit trade and 63% want us to prohibit flavours that make tobacco products attractive , so I appeal Parliament to give a strong mandate to Rapporteur Linda Mac AVAN so that trilogue can start as soon as possible."
||SOUNDBITE (Bulgarian) Metin KAZAK (ALDE, BG), INTA Committee, "We need to take into account the social consequences for those people who actually depend on tobacco production for their living because very often we are talking of people leaving in regions where very few other things can be produced."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Robert GOEBBELS, (S&D,L)ITRE Committee," I don't see how to prevent young people from smoking by making them afraid because of these images on the packages, look at the tattoos they put on themselves. It might be more intelligent to put on the packages information on how to quit smoking."
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) Małgorzata HANDZLIK (EP, PL), IMCO Committee, "in my opinion for the IMCO committee our words for balancing market interest and health protection and health protection. We can't achieve our goals banning one type of products while allowing other types that are equally harmful."
||SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Csaba Sándor TABAJDI (S&D, HU), AGRI Committee, " the Committee on Agriculture can support Linda Mac AVAN balanced report because it does not contain any measures that would lead the elimination of tobacco growing in the EU so it does not make life impossible for tobacco farmers in impoverished regions where this is only job opportunity they have."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Klaus-Heine LEHNE (EPP,DE), JURI Committee, "Article 168 paragraph 4 of the Treaty prevents bans harmonisation in health matters and what your are doing here is a fore legal milestone. Parliament has already been defeated once by the Court of Justice on a health measure. What you are trying to do here is protect against another such defeat, but it's extremely likely that we will be again defeated in this way."