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    The European Union and Big Pharma: A tale of corporate lobbying

    When the most effective means of smoking cessation are sidelined in favour of inferior products, are we looking at venal corporatism at its most despicable?

    This week Maltese EU Health Commissioner John Dalli saw his work leaked to the press, the new, albeit draft, EU Tobacco Product Directive. Among the pearls of wisdom was a complete ban on electronic cigarettes and smokeless forms of tobacco such as Swedish snus, and plain packaging with 75 percent of the packet enjoying medical pornography that would make even Larry Flynt blush.

    There was an extensive EU consultation last year attracting a response of 85,000 people which reported that: “A significant majority of respondents were against extending the scope of the Directive…..as a whole demanded more scientific inquiry about the relative safety of novel forms of tobacco and other nicotine products. These respondents also argued about the consumer's freedom of choice, so long as they are properly informed with the risks involved, and they criticised the tendency to over-regulate and prohibit products in this area.”

    Never mind chaps, being in the EU is a lesson in a post democracy era.


    The European Union and Big Pharma: A tale of corporate lobbying - The Commentator

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    This is almost a year old.

    $3642 Spent on Vaping

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    I'm terribly sorry, SMU !

    I'll don my horse-hair shirt for an extra hour today.

 

 

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