EU Tobacco Control 2.0

The limits of EU policymaking have been tested by the draft tobacco directive. Bold legislation may nonetheless emerge.

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. 

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