The EU Council has accepted the revised Tobacco Products Directive governing the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. The new directive is aimed to ensure a high level of health protection for European citizens by covering 65% of the front and back of tobacco products packages, banning the slim and fancy tobacco products, banning many harmful and addictive things and regulating electronic cigarettes. The EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Associations) has been trying to get a better rule to protect the people in Europe and they are trying to eliminate the deadly habit of smoking. Banning advertising on tobacco is one of the most effective ways of reducing smoking. Banning advertisements of tobacco can reduce smoking by 7%. This relates to my topic because I need to know the current laws in EU and what they are doing about tobacco advertisements.
This source talks about the tobacco advertising and promotion act of 2002 that banned direct and indirect advertising and promotion of tobacco products. The act states that a tobacco product is anything made “wholly or partly of tobacco and intended to be smoked, sniffed, sucked or chewed”. In this Act, tobacco advertising in media was banned. In 2011, tobacco sold in vending machines were banned to prevent under age children from buying it and to encourage adults to quit. This relates to my topic because it’s related to laws that government creates and how they try to find ways to encourage people to quit smoking.
The European Union voted to outlaw tobacco advertising in newspapers, magazines, on the Internet and at international sports events. Germany voted against the bill because it said that the proposal requires too many things and its media market highly depended on revenue from tobacco advertisements.
Britain was the other country that opposed the bill, saying the measures did not go far enough. This relates to my topic because it is about what the government did and what the countries voted for.
Large increases in taxes on tobacco are quite important because it can decrease the number of tobacco consumption. Tobacco taxes and consumption are strongly inversely related. Higher taxes are particularly effective in poorer or less educated groups and help prevent young people who are experimenting with smoking from becoming regular smokers. This relates to my topic because it talks about how price of tobacco affects the tobacco consumption and this will be helpful since the government can put taxes on these products.
A committee of member state representatives gave their approval to a revision of European Union tobacco law that will regulate the content and marketing of electronic cigarettes. The e-cigarette issue has been a controversial topic because one group is concerned with the long-term health effects and the other group wants to regulate it for general sale. There was a deal made where e-cigarettes will be regulated for general sale in EU (member states are allowed to regulate them as medicines if they choose to) and refillable cartridges are banned. E-cigarettes will be limited to a maximum permitted nicotine concentration level of 20mg (equal to one pack of regular cigarettes). This relates to my topic because in the discussion I can try to negotiate with different groups when we talk about EU tobacco advertisements.