On Wednesday 26 February, the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will vote in plenary on the finalised legal textof the revised Directive on Tobacco Products ( Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrtive provisions of the Member States concerning the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products and repealing Directive 2001/37/EC).
In support of this vote, ECC wrote the following to MEPs:
Dear MEP «Surname»,
This week you will cast your vote on the Tobacco Products Directive.
All parties involved in the negotiation of this text have done a tremendous work in reaching a compromise and the draft Directive as agreed by the Member States and the European Parliament in December makes remarkable steps forward in European tobacco control.
As you know, most adult smokers regret they started smokingand took up the habit before reaching the age of 18. Almost every smoker will suffer a form of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) a debilitating respiratory disease that causes coughing, the production of large amounts of mucus (a slimy substance), wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. It will be the 3rd cause of death worldwide according to the World Health Organisation (WHO)by 2020. Currently, approximately 10% of the European population suffers from COPD.
Your role is essential to protect generations from the scourge of tobacco and in particular, your positive vote will ensure the protection of young people and children across Europe by saving many lives and preventing young European citizens from starting to smoke.
We are counting on your support to help European citizens make the right choices about their health and vote for the text at it stands.
European COPD Coalition
The vote by the Council is expected to take place early March 2014.