Ahead of the EP vote on 8 October:
EESC position on the EU tobacco review
Employing almost 1.5 million people in the EU, the tobacco sector promotes rural and economic development and is one of the few major export sectors to still maintain a positive balance, both at the European level and in many member states.
"We have to stop young people from starting smoking in the first place. There's no doubt about it, health is the priority. We need to educate them about the awful effects of smoking. But tighter regulation is not the solution. While it may cut the number of smokers, smuggling and counterfeiting will become an even greater problem. Tax revenues will also fall sharply. We have to consider the impact on the economy. A lot of jobs will be at risk if the current proposal goes into force. We cannot afford that, especially at a time of crisis", stated José Isaías Rodríguez García-Caro, rapporteur of the EESC opinion on "Manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco and related products. "Health and economic considerations must both be considered."
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