Press Release

EU ministers agree tough new anti-smoking legislation

The Minister for Health and Children, Mr Micheál Martin, has welcomed the agreement by European Ministers today (29 June 2000) to enact strict new laws on tobacco products.

“This new Directive will have long and far reaching beneits for the Public Health. It will ensure that the onus will now be on the tobacco industry to disclose fully to the public all the facts on the chemicals and on the technology being used by them.

Taken together with legislation I will be bringing to the Oireachtas in the Autumn, we have now been provided with a powerful platform to address the challenge of tobacco addiction.”

The Directive provides for a legal framework for full public disclosure of all tobacco related technologies and toxicological data in the industry’s possession. At Ireland’s strong insistence, independent testing and verification of technical claims will be required. It also ensures that warnings about the dangers of the product are to be included on each pack.

Products to be exported outside of the EU will also have to comply with these new strict standards.