EP to Vote on New Set of Anti-Smoking Measures
The European Parliament will vote Tuesday on new measures aimed at putting young people off smoking.
The draft, as amended by the Public Health Committee, would also require more health warnings on packets and subject electronic cigarettes to EU rules on medicinal products.
To enter into force the new directive will have to be approved by both the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
In July, the Parliament's Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) voted by 50 votes to 13, with 8 abstentions, to broadly approve the Commission proposal, although it tightened up some points, for example on electronic cigarettes (see EP press release of 10.07.2013).
If the full Parliament endorses the ENVI committee's position in Strasbourg in October, a team of MEPs will embark on negotiations with the Council of Ministers.
Once agreed, all 28 EU member states will have to make the measures law.
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