Lawmakers in the European Union have approved a sweeping new set of regulations that govern the multi-billion dollar tobacco market on Tuesday. The new regulations include bigger and more drastic health warnings on cigarette packs and a ban on menthol and other strong flavorings to curb smoking.
While the EU Parliament imposed tough rules on the regular cigarettes, their electronic counterparts have been spared this time around.
However, even for the electronic cigarettes, the legislators voted for new limits on advertising in order to minimize their usage, particularly among the youth. However, they stopped short of approving a measure that would have restricted the e-cigs to medical use only.
The new smoking rules introduced in the EU region are being viewed by the World Health Organization and the EU health officials as an important milestone, but not the end, to put a full stop to the use of cigarettes, especially among the teens.