• 10-JUL-2013

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

'TOBACCO DIRECTIVE ': no more attractive cigarette packs

SMOKING KILLS: Every year almost 700,000 people die prematurely in the European Union of tobacco-related causes such as cancers, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. And yet, teenagers still start smoking at a very early age. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), around 20% of boys and 15% of girls aged between 13 and 15 in the European region smoke.

The European Parliament will vote this evening on Linda McAvan's report concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. Available video includes a trailer with soundbites and cutaways. An edited package including vox pop, interview with EP rapporteur on the 'Tobacco Directive' Linda McAvan and various stock shots will be available tomorrow.