Labour MEPs vote to save children from deadly addiction to tobacco

Cig Packaging2Labour MEPs voted last week for measures that will save children from taking up smoking and becoming addicted to tobacco.

The measures would bring in larger picture warnings covering two-thirds of each cigarette pack, with governments free to introduce full …

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Tory MEPs vote to delay action on tobacco marketing tactics

With the government’s decision to backtrack on standardised tobacco packaging being debated in Westminster, Tory MEPs in Brussels cast the deciding votes to delay progress on EU legislation to protect children from tobacco marketing tactics.

 Glenis Willmott, Labour MEPs’ spokesperson …

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Plain packaging u-turn is a disgraceful cave-in to Big Tobacco

Responding to the news the government was abandoning plans to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products, Glenis Willmott MEP, health spokesperson for Labour in the European Parliament, said:

“It is disgraceful the government is dropping plans for standardising tobacco packaging. …

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World No Tobacco Day 2013

cig 2Today is World No Tobacco Day – a World Health Organisation initiative that aims to raise awareness of the devastating health effects of tobacco use. 

The focus for 2013 is on advertising and promotion of tobacco products.  Globally, tobacco use …

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Lung cancer due to quadruple in women

New data shows that soon more women will die from lung cancer than men. According to Macmillan the number of women suffering from the disease will almost quadruple over the next 30 years. Why is this, and what can we …

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Back to Brussels

The sun tan lotion is packed away for another year, the kids are back to school, the nights are drawing in, and MEPs head back to Brussels next week for the start of our own “autumn term.”

And there’s a …

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World No Tobacco Day

World No Tobacco Day is our chance to stand up against tobacco, and the industry that profits from it. Because if trends continue, tobacco will kill 1,000 million people in the 21st century.

When we are discussing health policies, improving …

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Watch this video to see how children react to cigarette packaging

Surely it’s time to stop attractive, branded cigarettes.  This is something I will be trying to do when we revise the Tobacco Products Directive.

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The only time I’ve agreed with Andrew Lansley

Today it was revealed that lung cancer cases continue to rise amongst women. Sadly, I was not surprised to hear this news. Tobacco is responsible for the vast majority of lung cancers, and the marketing of cigarettes and tobacco …

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Call to action on cigarette packaging

Plain packaging for cigarettes could soon become a reality, a high level conference in Brussels this Wednesday will be told.

East Midlands MEP Glenis Willmott has joined forces with MEPs from Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria, representing a range of political …

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