Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products: - MEPs debate

Type: News   Reference: 94630   Duration: 00:05:00  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
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 and forbidding 10 cigarettes as well as fancy packets, was debated this morning in the European Parliament. 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. A very strong lobbying from the tobacco industry was deployed to try to sunk this directive. Economical arguments where put forward by tobacco industry to prevent the adoption of the directive.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German) Karl-Heinz FLORENZ (EPP, DE) : English translation : "What kind of argument can you put forward when you have a situation where 700 000 people are dying every year, and what I've heard from lobbyists was really so sketchy, their position is simply that they want this directive. But what we want to achieve is to keep young people from smocking. If a grown-up wants to smoke, yes, let them, but what we want to ensure is that young people don't fall for this kind of tricks (flashy cigarette package is shown) and if it is legally difficult I'll be very happy if Mister Lehne could help us so that this kind of trick can't be used to get our young people to smoke !" 00:00:40
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (SPANISH) Andrès PERELLO RODRIGUEZ (S&D, ES) : English translation : "Nobody can show that this directive is going to suppress anybody's job, what you can shown, scientifically, is that 700 000 Europeans loose their jobs and their lives every year. This is such an ambitious objective or such an unambitious objective as to achieve that 2,5 million Europeans don't loose their jobs and their lives with them together. And in order to meet that objective we've had to go through the most indecent and the most insidious lobbying campaign that we've ever seen in this Parliament. " 00:00:35
00:01:25 SOUNDBITE (Swedish) Carl SCHLYTER (Greens/EFA, SE) : English translation : "Attitude toward tobacco can change so that the next generation of Europeans will not grow up already from the womb in being exposed to the harm of tobacco and we'll get away from the situation where 70% of those who smoke start as children before the 18 years old. So we're not talking about free choice anymore, we're talking about our democratic responsibilities to help children to not choose tobacco and the path of suffering. So I think that it is a scandal that people here in this House and especially in the EPP, ask all of these questions which the tobacco industry has identified as important support them." 00:00:52
00:02:17 SOUNDBITE (English) Martina ANDERSON (GUE/NGL, UK) : "It is true that the aims of the tobacco industry can never be reconciled with those of public health. The measures proposed by this directive would reduce after 5 years the number of people smoking by 2,4 million, and result in a net increase of 2243 jobs created do to increase disposable income spent on other goods and services. That will have a positive impact on the 20% most deprived areas in your constituencies, where the rate of smoking-related deaths are double at, double at the least deprived areas. Without doubt, the amount of lobbying by tobacco companies reached unprecedented levels. Here are some of the goodies (MEP shows tobacco box and bag) that were sent to me, but I would say that I would fought to save lives and to deliver for those constituencies who are anxious to see new tobacco control measures implemented. " 00:01:03
00:03:20 SOUNDBITE (French) Françoise GROSSETÊTE (EPP, FR) : English translation : "The tobacco industry stops at nothing to seduce targeted public with slims or flavouring that young women like. Their lobbying has functioned because lot of there proposals have been taken on board, strictu sensu by some of us who have been acting as mail boxes for those tobacco lobbies. And this is a scandal : for 3 years the tobacco industry has been trying to stop this directive. Is this directive a threat for jobs ? Lets be serious, only 34 000 jobs are depending on tobacco industry within the EU. The tobacco lobbyists, these death merchants are trying to let us believe that tobacco is enriching Europe, while they are ruining it altogether with the health of a whole generation of European citizens." 00:00:45
00:04:05 SOUNDBITE (English) Paul NUTTAL (EFD, UK) : "You're not going to stop people smoking by banning ten cigarettes. What you're going to do is t encourage them to buy 20. So in effect, what we're doing is we're criticising places like McDonald for supersizing their products, but we're encouraging the tobacco industry to do the same. And all it will do is make poor people poorer." 00:00:20
00:04:25 SOUNDBITE (French) Corinne LEPAGE (ALDE, FR) : English translation : "This is a question which concerns the credibility and the honour of this Parliament : it's notorious that a party here has received money from the tobacco lobby, that has been published in the UK press recently." 00:00:17
00:04:42 CUTAWAYS : 5 shots 00:00:18
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