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EC reports massive majority against further tobacco controls

Mon 1st August, 2011

Citizens who responded to a public consultation on possible revisions to the EC's Tobacco Products Directive have voted overwhelmingly against further tobacco controls. 

The consultation, which was conducted in 2010, generated over 85,000 responses. The number of citizen respondents was 82,117 or 96 per cent of the overall total.

According to a report published last week, a significant majority of citizen respondents were against extending the scope of the Directive, a significant majority disagreed with the regulation of ingredients at the EU level, and significant majority of opposed limiting access to tobacco products.

In addition, said the report, a vast majority were in favour of lifting the ban on the smokeless tobacco product snus.

Source: Report on the public consultation on the possible revision of the Tobacco Products Directive (July 2011)

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