A timeline: release of the revised Tobacco Products Directive
After almost three months or turmoil in the EU tobacco control and health political community, it seems that the much awaited Tobacco Products Directive will soon be released.
Why is this piece of legislation important for people concerned with COPD? Tobacco is the most important risk factor for COPD and one that the EU can act upon. The TPD regulates the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products in the EU Member states. Not that many actions, policies and laws help prevent the disease or care for COPD patients, especially in these times of economic crisis, when the European Council (all EU Member States together) proposes to cut in two the research budget put forward by the European Commission.
TPD is a major tool of prevention of COPD and other tobacco-related diseases, but its revised version has been delayed for over a year now. It was meant to enhance the 2001 original Directive and to contain stronger provisions, to dissuade people from taking smoking and to encourage smokers to quit….It has come a long way: (more…)