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24.10.2007

Smoke-free Europe 

EP calls for strong EU and national action to protect people from passive smoking

The European Parliament today voted on a report towards a Europe free from tobacco smoke, dealing in particular with the scope of a smoke-free initiative (i.e. a total ban of smoking at the workplace versus a ban with exemptions), and on the appropriate policy option (voluntary or legislative, national or European). Speaking after the vote, German Green MEP Hiltrud Breyer said:

"Every year, more than 79,000 adults die as a result of passive smoking in the EU: the equivalent of a big plane crashing every day. It is high time that we protect non-smokers, who represent 70% of the population, against the fatal fumes from the smoking minority. Read More...


MEP Hiltrud Breyer's press release download.