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Split over tobacco laws

Added: Thursday 27 June 2013

There is a divide in the European Parliament over tobacco legislation. Central and eastern member states such as Bulgaria are concerned that tighter restrictions will harm their economies, so they are voting against. Meanwhile, many MEPs want the proposed rules to be tougher and are arguing for all tobacco products to be sold in plain packaging with no logos. Tobacco is currently the single largest avoidable health risk in the EU.