Tobacco products (Directive)
The Commission wants to combat tobacco consumption, particularly among young people, and for this purpose re-harmonise the rules on tobacco products.
The Commission's proposals are paternalistic and excessive. They represent major interference in public and entrepreneurial freedoms. Specifically, a blanket ban on products with characterising flavour”, whilst protecting young people against substance abuse, also patronises responsible adults. The appropriate means of protecting young people is child welfare legislation which works primarily by way of sales restrictions.