• 09-OCT-2013

  • Brussels, Belgium; European Parliament , Strasbourg, France; European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

  • SOURCE: S&D Group at European Parliament

Tobacco Directive: MEPs Support Linda McAvan's Quest for Fairness

Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the EU and kills around 700,000 people per year. Despite an overall declining EU cigarette market, prevalence rates of 29% among young people (15-25) are higher than for the population as whole. In Europe, 70% of smokers begin before the age of 18.

Led by the Socialists and Democrats, the European Parliament today supported strong measures to prevent the next generation from smoking, with clear information and packaging for tobacco products.

The rapporteur, S&D MEP Linda McAvan, got the support of the Parliament to open negotiations with the Council of the EU to finalise the new directive on tobacco products.

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