To­bacco lobby warn­ing

Bray People - - YOUR WEDDING -

MEP Nessa Childers has wel­comed that the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion fi­nally pro­posed the long-awaited to­bacco di­rec­tive but warned of the mas­sive in­dus­try lob­by­ing against the law.

‘As co-chair of the MEPs Against Can­cer fo­rum in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, I have cam­paigned and pressed for this anti-to­bacco leg­is­la­tion for a long time. We must be vig­i­lant against the mas­sive neg­a­tive in­dus­try lob­by­ing cam­paign which will now move out of the shad­ows and try to de­lay, block and de­feat this leg­is­la­tion.

‘We know from the last to­bacco di­rec­tive ten years ago, that the in­dus­try used many.. tac­tics to un­der­mine pub­lic health cam­paign­ers, the then Ir­ish Com­mis­sioner David Byrne and the ne­go­ti­a­tions in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment for a strong di­rec­tive. I wel­come that the Com­mis­sion fi­nally pro­posed this leg­is­la­tion, but.. I am dis­ap­pointed in the de­tails. It has not pro­posed manda­tory EUwide plain pack­ag­ing for to­bacco prod­ucts as we wished.’

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