Archive for February, 2016

Feb 12 2016

Monitoring ‘Big’ tobacco necessary in the face of a lack of transparency

Published by under Smoking facts

Criticism levelled against the European Commission by European Ombudsman Emily O’ Reilly over its dealings with the tobacco industry is welcome. She has accused the Commission of breaching World Health Organisation disclosure rules regarding its contacts with tobacco makers. Its stance is at variance with that taken by the European Parliament, a point highlighted by Minister for Children James Reilly. He said this week: “It is not acceptable that the European Parliament works hard to progress a tobacco directive which seeks to protect public health and yet the commission is not proactively transparent in all its dealings with the tobacco industry”.

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