Smoking – Labour MEPs vote to protect children

cig 2Labour MEPs voted yesterday for a raft of proposals aimed at protecting children from being targeted by tobacco companies.

The measures include graphic warnings to cover 65 per cent of cigarette packaging; the banning of chocolate and strawberry flavoured cigarettes; …

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Tory MEPs vote to delay action on tobacco marketing tactics

With the government’s decision to backtrack on standardised tobacco packaging being debated in Westminster, Tory MEPs in Brussels cast the deciding votes to delay progress on EU legislation to protect children from tobacco marketing tactics.

 Glenis Willmott, Labour MEPs’ spokesperson …

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Plain packaging u-turn is a disgraceful cave-in to Big Tobacco

Responding to the news the government was abandoning plans to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products, Glenis Willmott MEP, health spokesperson for Labour in the European Parliament, said:

“It is disgraceful the government is dropping plans for standardising tobacco packaging. …

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Labour MEPs vote for health – while Tories back Big Tobacco

cigaretteLabour MEPs yesterday successfully voted for 75% of packaging on cigarette products to be covered in graphic warnings, and a ban on menthol and other flavourings, as well as slims and ‘lipstick packs’, which target young people.

Conservative MEPs, however, …

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World No Tobacco Day 2013

cig 2Today is World No Tobacco Day – a World Health Organisation initiative that aims to raise awareness of the devastating health effects of tobacco use. 

The focus for 2013 is on advertising and promotion of tobacco products.  Globally, tobacco use …

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Tobacco packaging should be in Queen’s speech, say Labour MEPs

cig 2Labour MEPs have criticised the government’s decision to remove new laws on standardised tobacco packaging from the Queen’s speech.

Glenis Willmott, Leader of Labour MEPs and spokesperson on health, said, “We have to call the government’s commitment to public health …

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Swap fags for swag urge Labour MEPs

No smoking dayLabour MEPs are encouraging smokers to ‘swap fags for swag’ by quitting smoking.

They are supporting the British Heart Foundation’s annual health campaign, which shows how smokers could treat themselves to all sorts of ‘swag’ – if they quit for …

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Tough action needed on tobacco

cig 2The European Parliament is currently revising the Tobacco Products Directive, which sets out basic rules on the packaging and ingredients of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

A growing number of constituents are writing to their MEPs demanding some tough action, …

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Lung cancer due to quadruple in women

New data shows that soon more women will die from lung cancer than men. According to Macmillan the number of women suffering from the disease will almost quadruple over the next 30 years. Why is this, and what can we …

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World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is our chance to stand up against tobacco, and the industry that profits from it. Because if trends continue, tobacco will kill 1,000 million people in the 21st century.

When we are discussing health policies, improving …

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