EU parliament votes to approve smoking regulations Cynthia Miley at 9:46 AM ET
[JURIST] The EU Parliament [official website] on Wednesday voted to approve [press release] an anti-tobacco law that requires cigarette makers to increase the size of health warnings on packets from 30 percent to 65 percent of the surface of the package. The law also regulates electronic cigarettes for the first time. Electronic cigarettes will have to comply with packaging and advertising rules, and makers of e-cigarettes will also have to notify EU member state governments prior to introducing new products. Makers of e-cigarettes will also report annual sales volumes to their EU member state. EU lawmakers approved draft versions [JURIST report] of the new regulations in October. The warning labels will include graphic pictures and text and cover the front and back of the package. The law also bans smoking tobacco products with flavors, although the menthol flavor will not be phased out until 2020.
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