Europe to Ban Menthols in Cigarette Crackdown
European Parliament also intends to mandate electronic cigarette regulation
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 11, 2013 8:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Europe is trying to kick its smoking habit. A key European Parliament committee yesterday passed sweeping anti-tobacco legislation that would ban all flavored cigarettes—including menthols—and all slim cigarettes, and subject electronic cigarettes to medical regulation, among other restrictions. The moves coincide with similar efforts from the FDA in the US, notes the Wall Street Journal. The US already bans flavored cigarettes, but not menthols. The theory behind the bans is that flavored cigarettes appeal more to kids.

The full EU parliament still has to vote on the bill, though the results are expected to be the same, and then iron out the differences between the legislation and what Europe's various national governments have on the books. National governments, for instance, don't support the ban on slims, instead only banning packaging for them designed to look like makeup or perfume. And national governments only want to mandate that 65% of a pack's surface be covered in warnings, while the EU bill calls for 75%.

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Jul 15, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
The freedom to choose whether or not to smoke does not exist where nonsmokers are force fed second hand smoke. That is why laws evolve that protect the nonsmoker's morally superior right to bodily integrity. Also, like sexual pedophiles, the tobacco pedophiles in the industry make candy flavored cigarettes such as wild cherry cigarettes by the brand name Maverick and are designed to get children started. What can one say after that crime but eat your heart out Errol Bradley.
Jul 15, 2013 7:17 AM CDT
Protect people from themselves. Europe should use the US model. Tax the crap out of them until they are to expensive to buy.
Jul 12, 2013 2:04 AM CDT
Cigarettes / tobacco is one of the worst things to ever happen in the human experience. So very addictive. A slow death. A fortune spent. COPD / low lung function. Cancer. Poor complexion. Smelly. Stains. Coughings.