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euractiv tobaccoOn 9 October 2013, Euractiv reported a quote of Dr Katrín Fjeldsted, President of the Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) about the European Parliament plenary vote on tobacco products directive.  “CPME is encouraged that the European Parliament has mandated the Rapporteur to proceed with negotiations. However we are disappointed with the outcome of the vote on several key issues. If this result was the only achievable outcome, we sincerely hope it will not be weakened further in negotiations with the Council in order to make this Directive as effective as possible.” She continued: “We very much regret the MEPs’ choice to reject the proposed ban of so-called ‘slim’ cigarettes. No-one who has seen these products and their marketing can deny that they are overwhelmingly targeted at young girls and intentionally associate aspirational lifestyle messages with their consumption. These products are harmful to health, this should be the main message they convey. Without a ban, we can expect to see further health damage among young female smokers.”

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