Tobacco

Economy & Jobs 23-02-2017

Brussels urges Belarus to raise excise taxes on cigarettes

In an effort to halt the growing illicit tobacco trade from Belarus to Europe, the European Commission is calling on Minsk to approximate its excise duty rates to the levels in the EU.

Trade & Society 13-02-2017

Minsk under pressure to take action against ‘illicit whites’

Belarus should take measures against its illicit tobacco trade with Europe, lawmakers and stakeholders warn.

Trade & Society 07-02-2017

EU anti-fraud official: Tobacco smuggling is ‘major source’ of organised crime

Cigarette smuggling costs national and EU budgets more than €10 billion annually in lost public revenue and is a major source of organised crime, including terrorism, Margarete Hofmann told Euractiv in an interview.

Health 07-02-2017

E-cigarettes are not ‘cool’, EU’s top health official says

Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, said he opposed e-cigarettes being advertised as another 'cool' thing to attract young smokers, reminding they must also carry a health warning.

Health 26-01-2017

Czech MEP: EU should pressure Belarus over illicit tobacco trade

The European Union and its member states should pressure Belarus to combat the trade in illicit tobacco and adopt a “stick and carrot” approach with sanctions if necessary, Czech MEP Tomáš Zdechovský told EURACTIV.com.

Health 20-12-2016

Prevention is the name of the CVD game

Early prevention is the name of the game these days for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) when it comes to tackling cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Health 19-12-2016

Counting the cost of cardiovascular disease

Death from cardiovascular diseases (CVD) may have fallen substantially in the UK and across the world, but it remains the single biggest killer, and a sizeable economic burden.

Health 07-12-2016

Eurostat: One quarter of EU citizens are smokers

One in four Spaniards over 15 years old (25.3%) is a tobacco smoker. This is slightly higher than the EU average of 24%, according to Eurostat. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Health 12-10-2016

WHO denies members failing to pay UN tobacco agency

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is fuming over an NGO report which claims that members do not pay their contributions to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the UN’s tobacco agency.

Health 03-10-2016

‘Cheap whites’: The new trend dominating tobacco black markets

Tobacco smugglers have found new ways of expanding their illegal activities and now focus on a trend called "cheap whites", which is raising new challenges for European regulators and Europol.

Trade & Society 23-09-2016

Don’t be fooled by CETA: It’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing

In his State of the Union speech, Jean-Claude Juncker called the Canada-EU trade agreement the most progressive trade agreement the EU has ever negotiated. It actually poses a genuine threat to the health sector, argues Emma Woodford.

Health 14-09-2016

Tobacco Directive should focus on traceability and security

The considerable problems posed by the illicit trade in tobacco products are widely recognised, yet agreeing on how to provide an effective solution is still the subject of deliberation and delays, writes Nicola Sudan.

Development Policy 23-08-2016

Brexit casts doubt over Uganda development project on lung disease

The UK's vote to leave the European Union has come at a crucial moment in the development of an international medical project that throws into sharp relief the state of flux Brexit has cast over collaborative research, says Jack Barton.

Health 02-08-2016

Greece mulls reimbursement of anti-smoking medicines

In an effort to implement an effective anti-smoking law in enclosed public places, the Greek government is examining whether to start reimbursing the cost of anti-smoking drugs.

Health 27-07-2016

EU has chance to stop illegal tobacco trade

The trade in illicit tobacco is a massive problem, but the European Commission has been presented with a golden opportunity to strike a blow against the smugglers. But it must look long-term, writes Eric Lequenne.

Health 13-07-2016

Swedwatch: Report highlights abuses in Bangladeshi tobacco industry

The EU should require traceability of raw tobacco from a farmer to the final product, and include country of origin in export and import information, a Swedish campaign group told EURACTIV.com.

Health 11-07-2016

Commission vows to tackle illicit tobacco trade ‘by its own means’

The European Commission will focus on the new tobacco directive, as well as accords with the World Health Organisation to fight against illicit tobacco trade, following the expiration a 12-year deal with Marlboro-maker Philip Morris.

Health 14-06-2016

Medical marijuana becomes legal in Macedonia

Marijuana-derived medicines became legal on Monday (13 June) in Macedonia, which joined over a dozen European countries that have already authorised the products for certain patients.

Health 13-06-2016

Links of ex-commissioner Dalli to Philip Morris alledged

Alfred Mifsud, the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Malta, took money from tobacco giant Philip Morris to entertain a relationship with then Commissioner for Health John Dalli, responsible for EU’s tobacco legislation portfolio, according to an well-respected investigative journalist in Malta.

Health 03-06-2016

Greek smoking ban ineffective

Nearly nine years after it became law, Greece is still struggling to implement a smoking ban in public spaces.

Health 26-05-2016

Andriukaitis: We have the tools to avoid ‘unnecessary loss of lives’

Decision-makers should stop ignoring risk factors like tobacco, which causes deaths that could have been avoided, Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis told EURACTIV.com.

Health 20-05-2016

EU health chief compares tobacco deaths with terrorism

Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis strongly criticised the tobacco industry on Thursday (19 May), saying it “only kills people”, while expressing his opposition to the renewal of an agreement to counter cigarette smuggling in the EU.

e-cigarette
Health 15-05-2016

Regulators should encourage vaping, not fight it

Vaping is a zero-cost, consumer-driven solution to fight smoking that should get public health regulators excited. Instead, the EU has adopted legislation that severely limits advertising for vaping, writes Marc Michelsen.

Health 04-05-2016

EU court upholds new tobacco laws on packaging, menthol cigarettes

The EU's top court on Wednesday (4 May) ruled that the bloc's new laws on plain tobacco packaging and ban on menthol cigarettes were legal, rejecting a challenge by tobacco giant Philip Morris and others.

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