New mix of MEPs may change Europe’s conservatism on novel tobacco products

May 06, 2024 by

New mix of MEPs may change Europe’s conservatism on novel tobacco products

EU MEP Radka Maxová predicts a shift towards harm reduction policies in tobacco control within the European Parliament. She highlights potential influences from newly elected members and the need for nuanced regulation of novel tobacco products. Despite conservative positions dominating the EU Commission's tobacco policy proposal, there's growing awareness of harm-reduction benefits. Maxová emphasizes the importance of evidence-based harm reduction strategies and the need to differentiate between harmful and safer tobacco alternatives. Diverse opinions among MEPs and member states pose challenges to revising EU tobacco directives.

28.30% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 2.5 million current smokers in Czech Republic 33.40% of men are current smokers but only 23.50% of women.



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