Tag: European Union

Delivering confusion

Delivering confusion

| June 14, 2018

Confusion is the enemy of good health, but the EU continues to put out mixed messages about whether or not smoking high-delivery cigarettes is more-risky than smoking low-delivery products.

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The lobbying circuit

The lobbying circuit

| June 6, 2018

You don’t have to like smoking to see there is a problem with the EU Commission giving taxpayers’ money to NGOs that use that money to lobby the Commission.

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Heated tobacco warning

Heated tobacco warning

| May 29, 2018

An event under the intriguing title, ‘New Heated Tobacco Products: No Smoke, No fire?’, is due to be held at the European Parliament tomorrow

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EU ticked off on trade talks

EU ticked off on trade talks

| May 21, 2018

Anti-tobacco lobbyists want the EU to exclude tobacco lobbyists from influencing policy positions on international trade.

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Looking beyond TPD2

Looking beyond TPD2

| May 17, 2018

Following the failure of the EU’s revised Tobacco Products Directive to reduce smoking, there is a need to look at other ways of achieving health gains.

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A plain failure of policy

A plain failure of policy

| May 16, 2018

If standardized tobacco packaging does not reduce either smoking or smoking uptake, logically, it should be done away with, but logic does not always sit easily with government policies.

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Vaping policies criticized

Vaping policies criticized

| May 15, 2018

EU policymakers are performing the dance of death with lower-risk nicotine products – one step forward, two steps back…one step forward, two steps back…

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Call for e-cig standards

Call for e-cig standards

| May 11, 2018

Pressure is being ramped up in the EU in relation to electronic-cigarettes by those proposing that standards should be tightened and advertising rules relaxed.

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Promoting innovation

Promoting innovation

| May 9, 2018

A number of voices are currently calling on the EU to impose and police Union-wide standards on vapor devices and products.

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Improving the TPD

Improving the TPD

| May 8, 2018

Japan Tobacco International’s vice president, reduced-risk products, has suggested a number of ways in which the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive might be improved in respect of vapor products.

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Keeping track

Keeping track

| April 16, 2018

Information has been made available about the technical details that will define how the EU’s tobacco-products tracking and tracing system will operate.

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Snus ban ‘valid’

Snus ban ‘valid’

| April 13, 2018

For the sake of smokers, it is to be hoped that the European Court of Justice reaches a different conclusion to that of its Advocate General when considering the EU’s ban on snus.

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Still waiting for Godot

Still waiting for Godot

| April 4, 2018

The main weapon for battling the illegal trade in tobacco products seems to be locked away in an international protocol that was adopted in November 2012 but that has yet to enter into force.

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Italian e-cig initiative

Italian e-cig initiative

| March 20, 2018

If there is to be a debate on electronic cigarettes, what better place than one designed for debates: parliament; in this case the EU Parliament?

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Smoke and deliver

Smoke and deliver

| March 20, 2018

There is an obsession with cigarette delivery levels in the EU even though delivery levels are not considered to be a measurable health issue. Smoking, it is said, kills.

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‘Filtergate’ question raised

‘Filtergate’ question raised

| March 1, 2018

A question has been raised about ‘Filtergate’, but a more pertinent question might ask why the EU insists on delivery maximums when it believes that delivery levels do not affect health outcomes.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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EU in denial over snus

EU in denial over snus

| February 6, 2018

It has long been known that snus use has almost ousted tobacco smoking in Sweden, along with the diseases caused by smoking. Now, the same seems to be happening in Norway.

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And the answer is?

And the answer is?

| January 31, 2018

It would seem that while the EU Commission is not officially in favor of banning smoking in films, it would not be unhappy if such scenes didn’t exist.

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E-cig, HNB excise opposed

E-cig, HNB excise opposed

| January 22, 2018

The EU Commission has done the right thing in opposing for now the imposition of excise tax on electronic cigarettes and HNB devices, both of which seem to offer health benefits.

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