Europe is planning to change cigarette packaging and also plans to ban menthol cigarettes.
Members of European Parliament have voted for tighter restrictions on cigarettes. These restrictions are expected to ban cigarettes that come in packs of 10 by 2016. The banning of packs of 10 cigarettes will hit about 2 million British smokers. The small packs account for 38% of cigarettes that are sold in the U.K. Britain and Italy are currently the only two countries in Europe that allow cigarettes to be sold in packs of less than 19 or 20. Members of European Parliament have also voted to ban menthol cigarettes by 2022. This decision will delay a law that would have banned mint, fruit or sweet flavored tobacco by 2016. The new rules will also require major tobacco brands, such as Imperial Tobacco’s (ITYBY) Gauloises and Altria Group’s (MO) Marlboro, to cover 65% of their packaging with health warnings that would include color images of tumors. The new rules will also ban cigarette companies from using words such as “light”, “mild” and “low tar” to describe tobacco products, reports The Telegraph.
“We are very pleased to see the move towards tougher action on tobacco, with Europe-wide controls banning flavoured cigarettes and the introduction of stricter rules on front-of-pack health warnings,” the Department of Health told The Guardian.