EU Group Urges Caution On Tough New Tobacco Laws

Law360, New York (July 12, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT) -- One day after a key committee in the European Parliament advanced controversial regulations on tobacco, a European Union governmental advisory group on Thursday warned lawmakers that the new rules could have negative economic effects.

The European Economic and Social Committee — a government-run body of industry stakeholders, labor unions and other interest groups — said the proposed revisions to Europe's Tobacco Products Directive could have “serious consequences for jobs, the economy and tax revenues.”

The group said tobacco was “one of the few major export sectors...
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