Retailers protest against tobacco proposals

Tobacco sellers say the European Commission's plans put thousands of jobs at risk.

Tobacco retailers gathered in Brussels today (22 January) to protest against the European Commission’s proposed restrictions on cigarettes.

The Commission’s proposal to revise the tobacco products directive would require graphic pictorial warnings that cover 75% of cigarette packs, and would ban menthol and ‘slim’ cigarettes.

The demonstration was organised by the Confederation Europeenne des Detaillants en Tabac (CEDT)*. According to the group, 4000 retailers came from Italy, France, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Germany and the UK.

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