Europe agrees to toughen up on cigarette warnings

first_imgEurope agrees to toughen up on cigarette warningsOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Politicians in Brussels have reached agreement on the labelling ofcigarettes across the European Union, in a move that has been welcomed by theBritish Government. The agreement will mean larger health warnings, a ban on misleading labelsand lower tar levels for all cigarettes produced in the EU, the Department ofHealth said. A draft text on tobacco labelling was agreed by EU ministers in February,strengthening health warnings on tobacco products to include references aboutthe dangers of passive smoking, ageing of the skin and impotence. Misleadinglabelling suggesting some cigarettes might be safer than others will also bebanned. Maximum tar yields will be cut from 12mg to 10mg per cigarette and thehighest yields are introduced for nicotine and carbon monoxide of 1mg and 10mgper cigarette, respectively. Health Secretary Alan Milburn said the directive was good news for Britain,where the Government has been implementing a public health drive to cut thenumber of deaths from smoking, which currently stands at120,000 deaths a yearfrom smoking. The Government believes the measures in the EU directive should be appliedon a worldwide basis. Under the directive, tobacco manufacturers will have to submit a list of allingredients contained in tobacco products to their governments, who will makethe information available to consumers. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img