EU Advances Controversial Tobacco, E-Cig Regulations

Law360, New York (July 10, 2013, 6:25 PM ET) -- A key committee in the European Parliament advanced sweeping regulation on Wednesday that would ban flavored and menthol cigarettes, eliminate slim cigarettes and regulate increasingly popular electronic cigarettes as medicines in a broad effort to decrease smoking among young Europeans.

The bloc's Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety backed an update of the Tobacco Product Directive in a 50-13 vote, reinstating challenged warning label provisions as well as a ban on slim cigarettes before pushing the directive forward for a full vote this...
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