City of York Council welcomes EU tobacco move

City council welcomes EU tobacco move

City council welcomes EU tobacco move

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CITY of York Council has welcomed the approval by The European Parliament to revise rules over the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco in a bid to deter young people from smoking.

This legislation, already informally agreed with EU health ministers, would require all tobacco packs to carry picture health warnings covering 65 per cent of their surface.

A spokeswoman said: “The new measures are a big step forward for tobacco control, and will help to prevent the next generation of smokers from being recruited. We know that it is children – not adults – who start to smoke. The overwhelming majority of smokers start before their 18th birthday.”

In addition, the approval would ban flavourings in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco that would be considered to make the product more attractive by giving it a “characterising flavour”. Menthol would be banned from 2020.

The new measures are to be approved by the Council of Ministers on March 14.

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8:42am Tue 4 Mar 14

MrsHoney says...

It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter!
It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter! MrsHoney
  • Score: -9

9:10am Tue 4 Mar 14

Jiffy says...

CYC please - don't you have bigger local issues to be dealing with!
CYC please - don't you have bigger local issues to be dealing with! Jiffy
  • Score: 14

10:03am Tue 4 Mar 14

whitehorse says...

Why are City of York Council speaking up on an EU ruling anyway. What's next - CYC condemn Russia's apparent invasion of the Ukraine. CYC issue plea for fair trial in Oscar Pistorious tragedy.
Why are City of York Council speaking up on an EU ruling anyway. What's next - CYC condemn Russia's apparent invasion of the Ukraine. CYC issue plea for fair trial in Oscar Pistorious tragedy. whitehorse
  • Score: 11

10:06am Tue 4 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

MrsHoney wrote:
It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter!
Chill out.... have a smoke
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter![/p][/quote]Chill out.... have a smoke YorkPatrol
  • Score: 1

11:02am Tue 4 Mar 14

Mulgrave says...

MrsHoney wrote:
It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter!
I forget whether it was in Germany or Belgium, but last summer I was amazed to see in a supermarket (either Aldi or Lidl) hundreds of packets of 20 in a line of baskets adjacent to the checkouts, just as we do with sweets, just tempting customers to pick up one or two and put them on the belt with their shopping. What a pity we cannot come to our own decisions on these things rather than being dictated to by a bunch of overpaid hypocrites.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: It's e-cigarettes that are a problem as teenagers love them. It's a fashion accessory and you get all sorts of disgusting smelling flavours. They might not be as bad for you as cigarettes but I don't believe for one second they're not harmful, nicotine is a poison after all. I appreciate they help some people to give up but teenagers may think they're completely safe and start smoking them when they wouldn't have started smoking at all. And this can lead to smoking cigarettes, all it takes is for them to run out of juice and start smoking fags for the night instead. They really need to be treated the same way, you wouldn't get packets of cigarettes on special offer at the checkout counter![/p][/quote]I forget whether it was in Germany or Belgium, but last summer I was amazed to see in a supermarket (either Aldi or Lidl) hundreds of packets of 20 in a line of baskets adjacent to the checkouts, just as we do with sweets, just tempting customers to pick up one or two and put them on the belt with their shopping. What a pity we cannot come to our own decisions on these things rather than being dictated to by a bunch of overpaid hypocrites. Mulgrave
  • Score: 5

11:31am Tue 4 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

Whats next alexander chairing a summit with putin???
Slightly bigger things to worry/lie/cheat/whit
ewash/..about in our city
Just who on earth do these overpaid minnions think they are.
Whats next alexander chairing a summit with putin??? Slightly bigger things to worry/lie/cheat/whit ewash/..about in our city Just who on earth do these overpaid minnions think they are. piaggio1
  • Score: 3

11:32am Tue 4 Mar 14

piaggio1 says...

And...who is this spokeswoman? ???
And...who is this spokeswoman? ??? piaggio1
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Overproof says...

Regardless of any knee-jerk reaction - there is absolutely no evidence that e-cigs act as a gateway to smoking for young people - a survey carried out by ASH found at this just simply doesn't happen.

For the council to support the Tobacco Products Directive means that they simply do not understand it, and are just repeating (parrot fashion) what they have been told.

In many ways it is actually pro-tobacco.

Packs of 10 will be banned, cigs will only be available in 20s
12.5g pouches of baccy will be banned, the smallest pouch will be 20g

Bigger warnings on packs - pointless, who doesn't already see the warnings ? and would a slightly bigger warning really make a difference ? - no.

It was all just more of the same, plodding along through the EU process - until last year when there was a sudden sense or "urgency" to get this through.

Why the "urgency" - because the use of electronic cigarettes was growing at an exponential rate, resulting in huge lobbying by the pharmaceutical lobby to get e-cigs restricted. Gum and patch sales are collapsing.

The truth is that all of the effective e-cigs on sale today will be taken off the shelves and banned by the EU. The new restrictions mean that only huge corporations will be able to afford to comply. There will be no more refillables. and the maximum strength will be limited to make e-cigs ineffective for many people.

At the moment, tobacco cigarette sales have dropped by 8% across the EU in just one year, as a direct result of the e-cigs that are available now. Research (recently published in the Times) has shown that these new restrictions will result in 105,000 deaths per year by removing the most effective e-cigs from the market.

These proposals are a huge disaster.
Regardless of any knee-jerk reaction - there is absolutely no evidence that e-cigs act as a gateway to smoking for young people - a survey carried out by ASH found at this just simply doesn't happen. For the council to support the Tobacco Products Directive means that they simply do not understand it, and are just repeating (parrot fashion) what they have been told. In many ways it is actually pro-tobacco. Packs of 10 will be banned, cigs will only be available in 20s 12.5g pouches of baccy will be banned, the smallest pouch will be 20g Bigger warnings on packs - pointless, who doesn't already see the warnings ? and would a slightly bigger warning really make a difference ? - no. It was all just more of the same, plodding along through the EU process - until last year when there was a sudden sense or "urgency" to get this through. Why the "urgency" - because the use of electronic cigarettes was growing at an exponential rate, resulting in huge lobbying by the pharmaceutical lobby to get e-cigs restricted. Gum and patch sales are collapsing. The truth is that all of the effective e-cigs on sale today will be taken off the shelves and banned by the EU. The new restrictions mean that only huge corporations will be able to afford to comply. There will be no more refillables. and the maximum strength will be limited to make e-cigs ineffective for many people. At the moment, tobacco cigarette sales have dropped by 8% across the EU in just one year, as a direct result of the e-cigs that are available now. Research (recently published in the Times) has shown that these new restrictions will result in 105,000 deaths per year by removing the most effective e-cigs from the market. These proposals are a huge disaster. Overproof
  • Score: 9

2:10pm Tue 4 Mar 14

whitehorse says...

Following hot on the heels of the city council, York press are now reporting on the ongoing crisis in the Crimea...interesting
...
Following hot on the heels of the city council, York press are now reporting on the ongoing crisis in the Crimea...interesting ... whitehorse
  • Score: 4

3:59pm Tue 4 Mar 14

YorkPatrol says...

whitehorse wrote:
Following hot on the heels of the city council, York press are now reporting on the ongoing crisis in the Crimea...interesting ...
I wonder if they are bothered about smoking over there?
[quote][p][bold]whitehorse[/bold] wrote: Following hot on the heels of the city council, York press are now reporting on the ongoing crisis in the Crimea...interesting ...[/p][/quote]I wonder if they are bothered about smoking over there? YorkPatrol
  • Score: 2

9:09pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

Overproof wrote:
Regardless of any knee-jerk reaction - there is absolutely no evidence that e-cigs act as a gateway to smoking for young people - a survey carried out by ASH found at this just simply doesn't happen.

For the council to support the Tobacco Products Directive means that they simply do not understand it, and are just repeating (parrot fashion) what they have been told.

In many ways it is actually pro-tobacco.

Packs of 10 will be banned, cigs will only be available in 20s
12.5g pouches of baccy will be banned, the smallest pouch will be 20g

Bigger warnings on packs - pointless, who doesn't already see the warnings ? and would a slightly bigger warning really make a difference ? - no.

It was all just more of the same, plodding along through the EU process - until last year when there was a sudden sense or "urgency" to get this through.

Why the "urgency" - because the use of electronic cigarettes was growing at an exponential rate, resulting in huge lobbying by the pharmaceutical lobby to get e-cigs restricted. Gum and patch sales are collapsing.

The truth is that all of the effective e-cigs on sale today will be taken off the shelves and banned by the EU. The new restrictions mean that only huge corporations will be able to afford to comply. There will be no more refillables. and the maximum strength will be limited to make e-cigs ineffective for many people.

At the moment, tobacco cigarette sales have dropped by 8% across the EU in just one year, as a direct result of the e-cigs that are available now. Research (recently published in the Times) has shown that these new restrictions will result in 105,000 deaths per year by removing the most effective e-cigs from the market.

These proposals are a huge disaster.
Rare post on this site. Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]Overproof[/bold] wrote: Regardless of any knee-jerk reaction - there is absolutely no evidence that e-cigs act as a gateway to smoking for young people - a survey carried out by ASH found at this just simply doesn't happen. For the council to support the Tobacco Products Directive means that they simply do not understand it, and are just repeating (parrot fashion) what they have been told. In many ways it is actually pro-tobacco. Packs of 10 will be banned, cigs will only be available in 20s 12.5g pouches of baccy will be banned, the smallest pouch will be 20g Bigger warnings on packs - pointless, who doesn't already see the warnings ? and would a slightly bigger warning really make a difference ? - no. It was all just more of the same, plodding along through the EU process - until last year when there was a sudden sense or "urgency" to get this through. Why the "urgency" - because the use of electronic cigarettes was growing at an exponential rate, resulting in huge lobbying by the pharmaceutical lobby to get e-cigs restricted. Gum and patch sales are collapsing. The truth is that all of the effective e-cigs on sale today will be taken off the shelves and banned by the EU. The new restrictions mean that only huge corporations will be able to afford to comply. There will be no more refillables. and the maximum strength will be limited to make e-cigs ineffective for many people. At the moment, tobacco cigarette sales have dropped by 8% across the EU in just one year, as a direct result of the e-cigs that are available now. Research (recently published in the Times) has shown that these new restrictions will result in 105,000 deaths per year by removing the most effective e-cigs from the market. These proposals are a huge disaster.[/p][/quote]Rare post on this site. Thank you. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: 2

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