EU Tobacco Control 2.0
The limits of EU policymaking have been tested by the draft tobacco directive. Bold legislation may nonetheless emerge.
Appeared in print on 10.01.2013
On 19 December, the European Commission published its much-awaited proposal for a new tobacco-products directive. The preparation of the proposal – as epitomised by the enforced resignation of John Dalli as European commissioner for health and consumer policy – has been highly convoluted, lobbying-intensive and, at times, grotesque.